Category Archives: Sustainability

The Global Predicament

It Cannot be Solved by This Society

It is argued that the global sustainability predicament cannot be solved in or by consumer-capitalist society. The problems are basically due to rich world levels of consumption, resource use, and ecological impact that are all far too high and cannot be sufficiently reduced while the commitments to affluence and growth remain. The solution has to be a vast and radical transition to some form of Simpler Way, where all can have a satisfactory quality of life on far lower percapita-resource use. Such a vision is outlined. The prospects for such a transition are not good, but it is argued that this is the only path whereby a sustainable and just world can be achieved.

Are you tired of reading the same headlines over and over again? Crisis, pollution, hunger, pain… This article analyses the flaws in our systems – and offers a solution. Continue reading

Electromobility

A Case for Business Transformation

In terms of discourses on clean transport, notably within energy sector, automotive and IT  industry, the topic of ElectroMobility has become a trend that all market players are currently facing up to. One can observe strong correlation of strategies in all these sectors since it involves a coordinated attempt to get this concept into practice. If accepted, ElectroMobility may represent a major paradigm shift for industries involved and whole societies. One important task facing companies when converting to ElectroMobility lies in the development and implementation of brand new business models.
This article aims to investigate opportunities and threats of the ElectroMobility trend for three industries: automotive, utilities and mobility providers. The authors discuss likely challenges in every affected industry and describe possible strategies in terms of new business models that can be implemented to help adapt to new market conditions. Continue reading

Beyond Green IT

The Symbiosis of IT and Sustainable Energy

The current challenge of meeting a growing demand for energy with ever dwindling resources may seem almost insurmountable, but one hope may lie in the use of IT to optimize energy provision and consumption. In this article we discuss the concepts of “Green IT” and “Green through IT” and show how they can contribute  to  reduce  energy demands  and  increase energy-efficiency. Also, we briefly summarize how three innovative companies (JouleX, Living PlanIT and SAP) are providing services for sustainable energy management. Continue reading