Improved assessment of information and communication technology
Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in society and is expected to support sustainability strategies. To be able to use ICT in the best possible way it is important to understand its negative and positive environmental impacts. On 16 September Yevgeniya Arushanyan successfully defended her dissertation ”Environmental impacts of ICT: present and future”.
The thesis explores life cycle environmental impacts of current individual ICT solutions, and environmental risks and opportunities related to ICT in future scenarios. The challenges of assessment using Life cycle assessment (LCA) are discussed, and a new methodological framework for qualitative assessment of future scenarios is presented. The ambition of the thesis is to facilitate the discussions in the ICT community and among decision-makers, and to contribute to the development of assessment methods.