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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Digital transformation - life cycle assessment of digital services, multifunctional devices and cloud computing
Authors: Itten, René
Hischier, Roland
Andrae, Anders S. G.
Bieser, Jan C. T.
Cabernard, Livia
Falke, Annemarie
Ferreboeuf, Hugues
Hilty, Lorenz M.
Keller, Regula
Lees-Perasso, Etienne
Preist, Chris
Stucki, Matthias
et. al: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/s11367-020-01801-0
Published in: The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Volume(Issue): 25
Issue: 10
Page(s): 2093
Pages to: 2098
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
ISSN: 0948-3349
Language: English
Subjects: Life Cycle Assessment; Digital Transformation; Digitalisation; Resources; Cloud computing; Multifunctionality; LCA; Rebound; Information Technology; ICT; Communication Technology
Subject (DDC): 004: Computer science
333: Economics of land and resources
Abstract: The substitution of material-based services with digital services - for example films or music - alters the environmental impact of our everyday activities and shifts visible material use to less visible digital services. A holistic Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of digital transformation requires the assessment of information and communication technology (ICT) with its wide range of multifunctional devices as well as substitution and summation effects caused by new services enabled by modern ICT. The 73rd Discussion Forum on Life Cycle Assessment (DF LCA) was held on 21 November 2019 to discuss the environmental implications of digital transformation in view of the effective as well as the potential environmental impacts. While currently being a small, but already relevant contributor to the overall greenhouse gas emissions, the relevance of the ICT sector is predicted to grow rapidly within the next five to ten years. This one-day forum offered the possibility to discuss current as well as potential future implications of devices as well as digital services on the environment. The 73rd DF LCA was opened with a welcome address given by René Itten (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland). The program comprised five distinct sessions in order to tackle just as much different aspects of environmental impacts caused by digital transformation as well as relevant challenges for the LCA methodology:
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-SA 4.0: Attribution - Share alike 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Lebensdauerverlängerung für Mobilgeräte
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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