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Handbook of Research on Green ICT: Technology, Business and Social Perspectives

Handbook of Research on Green ICT: Technology, Business and Social Perspectives
Author(s)/Editor(s): B. Unhelkar (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: ©2011
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-834-6
ISBN13: 9781616928346
ISBN10: 1616928344
EISBN13: 9781616928353


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Green ICT encompasses a vast and vital domain in today’s business and social worlds. The need for focused attention on the green dimension of ICT could not be higher.

Handbook of Research on Green ICT: Technology, Business and Social Perspectives unites worldwide investigations, thoughts, and practices in the area of Green ICT. This two-volume work fosters technical advances, methodological innovations, and social changes that result in enhancements and improvements in business strategies, processes, social policies and technical implementations related to the environment.

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This Handbook of Research in Green ICT: technical, methodological and social perspectives is the outcome of various  debates, discussions, investigations and actions into a vital  topic of today – Information and Communications Technology (ICT) -based business activities and the environment. This handbook draws on thoughts, insights, research, experiences and scholarly understanding of authors – both researchers and practitioners - from across the world and presents them as well organized, refereed and edited chapters. 

While profitability has been the underlying driver for most businesses activities thus far, now there is a crucial angle to this profitability – and that is of sustainability. The United Nation’s Climate Change Conference held at Copenhagen, Denmark, on 7-18th December, 2009 made an attempt to focus the attention of politicians, business leaders, technocrats and administrators over climate. However, the discussions did not result in agreements that the world expected. Perhaps the Global Financial Crisis was partially responsible for the impasse – short agendas often win out against long term agendas. The chasm between the demands of the environment and the demands of business is wide open. However, the correlation between the environment and financial stability and the prosperity of business organizations has been well underscored by Sir Nicholas Stern in his Stern Report. As a result, many businesses have embarked on programs to reduce greenhouse emissions emanating from ICT. Thus, the best way to approach the environmental responsibilities of business is to map it to the efficiency and effectiveness of business. One can’t possibly bring the environmental debate into the crosshairs of a CEO unless it demonstrates corresponding business benefits.

Core Contents of this Handbook

This books covers a wide range of topics. The details of the chapters are available in the table of contents, but here is a brief outline of the core contents that make this book unique:

• The first and major section of the book is dedicated to discussion on business strategies relating to green ICT. The idea is to explore the nexus between business efficiency and environmental considerations.

• Green Technologies are both part of the problem and part of the solution. This section discusses various green technologies related to data centers, and gadgets such as metering and chip designs.
• Strategies and technologies need to be applied in practice. The third section of this book is dedicated to applications including green information systems.

• Green ICT and the environmental responsibilities of business have tremendous social connotations. The fourth section of this book discusses those social impacts of the environmental issues.

• Case studies are intermingled throughout the book.

• Being a research book, there is a section on potential research projects in the green ICT domain that the readers should find useful.


The following readers should find this book appealing:

Leader / Decision Makers: Many of the initial chapters in this handbook are aimed at this category of readers. Authors in this section have concentrated on the long-term, strategic, sustainable view of green ICT and business. Discussions from various economic, architectural, business process and supply chains angles are undertaken here. Many of these chapters have been contributed by practicing senior managers and directors.

Researchers / Scholars: This is a research handbook, with many intense research based chapters that researchers will enjoy reading and referencing in their work.

Business Analysts and Process Modellers These are reasders who want to understand the process and business model aspect of green IT – particularly from the applications or Information Systems  viewpoint

Change Managers & Sociologists: These readers will find the discussions on standards, legislations, and  the implications on society and individuals invigorating.


As with all my previous works, I invite readers to submit their critiques of this book. It will be an honour to receive genuine criticisms and comments on the chapters and their organization in this edited book. This feedback will not only enrich the knowledge and understanding of the contributory authors and myself, but will also add to the general wealth of knowledge available to the Green ICT and environmental community. To all such readers and critics, please accept a sincere thank you in advance.

Bhuvan Unhelkar



Reviews and Testimonials

This book, the Handbook of Research in Green ICT, brings together discussions from wide areas of business, technology and society with a focus on the environment and the role of ICT in that environment. This book is also a judicious combination of research, scholarly viewpoints and industrial expertise. The contributed chapters bring to the reader a sensible and pragmatic combination of how business affects the environment, the role of ICT in the overall generation of greenhouse gases and, most importantly, how ICT can be a vital weapon in the continuing battle against global warming. ... Dr. Unhelkar has done an excellent job of coordinating this work over a period of more than a year. I am honoured to recommend this Handbook of Research in Green ICT - Technical, Methodological and Social Perspective, to researchers as well as practitioners in the industry as an invaluable desktop reference. This book will help organizations with their attempts at greening their IT and related functions; it will also encourage higher degree research; and it will contribute to the overall literature in the area of environmental responsibilities of business. Above all, I am confident that application of the principles and lessons described herein will make a very real contribution to a better environmental future for all.

– Robin Eckermann, University of Canberra, Australia

Author's/Editor's Biography

B. Unhelkar (Ed.)
Bhuvan Unhelkar (BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD; FACS) is founding principal of with notable practical consulting and training expertise. For the past few years, Dr. Unhelkar has been actively involved in researching into Green IT and the environment – and its application in practice, particularly Environmentally Responsible Business Strategies. He is co-designer of the Green Point Method (GpM) with envirAbility and has put together and delivered Green IT Design and Implementation (a two day training course approved by the ACS). He has authored/edited fifteen books in the areas of collaborative business, globalization, mobile business, software quality, business analysis, business processes and the UML. Dr. Unhelkar is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, Life member of Computer Society of India, Rotarian (PHF) , Discovery volunteer at NSW parks and wildlife, and a previous TiE Mentor.


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