Sustainability & Digitalization


Sustainability and digitalization are two big aspects of our lives. They have to be discussed together, not separated from each other.

Sustainable Digitalization - Terms & Definitions

Five Dimensions of sustainable software

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In relation to software, there exist at least two distinct viewpoints for the topic area of software and sustainability: sustainable software and software engineering for sustainability (SE4S). The former is concerned with the principles, practices, and processes that contribute to software endurance, i.e. technical sustainability, and the latter focuses on software systems to support one or more dimensions of sustainability, concerning issues outside the software systems itself [Penzenstadler, 2013].

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The Karlskrona Manifesto [Becker et al., 2014] recognises both viewpoints of software sustainability as an emerging concern of central relevance and advocates that sustainability must be viewed as a construct across five dimensions: environmental, economic, individual, social and technical [Becker et al., 2015].

The Karlskrona manifesto for sustainability design (Becker et al. 2015)

Environmental dimension

Environmental sustainability refers to improving human welfare by protecting the natural resources: water, land, air, minerals and ecosystem services.
The Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainability Design

Environmental Footprint of ICT

Green IT & Green Software

Green by IT


Technical dimension

Technical sustainability refers to longevity of information, systems, and infrastructure and their adequate evolution with changing surrounding conditions.
The Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainability Design

Economic dimension

Economic sustainability aims at maintaining capital and added value.
The Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainability Design

Individual dimension

Individual sustainability refers to maintaining individual human capital (e.g., health, education, skills, knowledge, leadership, and access to services).
The Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainability Design

Social dimension

Social sustainability aims at preserving the societal communities in their solidarity and services.
The Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainability Design


Organizations & Communities in the field of sustainable IT

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