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Green Informatics: ICT for Green and Sustainability

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Author(s): Zacharoula S. Andreopoulou

Journal: Agrárinformatika Folyóirat
ISSN 2061-862X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Green Informatics | Green ICTs | e-m services | environmental protection | sustainability

ABSTRACT
Green Informatics constitute a new term in the science of information that describes the utilization of informatics in the interest of the natural environment and the natural resources regarding sustainability and sustainable development. Nowadays, ICT has introduced the convergence of e-services with broadband network infrastructure, wireless technologies and mobile devices. The revolution of ICTs introduction in daily average life has also resulted in the increase of GHG, since the ’’carbon footprint’’ is continually increasing. The dimensions of Green Informatics contribution are: the reduction of energy consumption, the rise of environmental awareness, the effective communication for environmental issues and the environmental monitoring and surveillance systems, as a means to protect and restore natural ecosystems potential. EU has reinforced the environmental sector with focus on high level of protection and improvement of the quality of environment through the enacting of strategies, initiatives and measures. Future EU strategy aims to a low carbon European society by 2050 and to green/sustainable development, ICTs can play a key role in the environmental protection and sustainability, however, green behavior is still critical.
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