Information and communication technologies (ICT) provide the technical basis for our current science and information society. As a dynamic field of innovation, ICT contributes substantially to economic development.
However, the resources required to run ICT infrastructure have become an important ecological factor. ICT products often entail a rebound effect, in other words, when products become more efficient, this improvement in efficiency results in increased use of the products. Used in the right way, ICT can contribute to substantially lowering energy and resource consumption.
Borderstep has been conducting research on resource-efficient use of ICT for more than a decade, including all facets of the topic, which is often called Green IT today.
Green IT encompasses both ICT products whose manufacture, operation and disposal causes less energy and resource consumption (“Green in IT”), and solutions that contribute to achieving savings in other sectors and areas through intelligent ICT use (“Green through IT”).