Publication details

Investigating the role of smartness for sustainability: Insights from the Smart Grid domain

Authors

CAPUTO Francesco BÜHNOVÁ Barbora WALLETZKÝ Leonard

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sustainability Science
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Citation
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0555-4
Keywords Smartness; Information and Communication Technology; Sustainability; Smart Grid; Systems thinking
Description Over the past decades, information and communication technologies (ICT) established themselves as the key force towards more effective and efficient usage of resources in our society, namely via better use of available information, automation, stakeholder involvement, and decision support. By analyzing recent advancements in knowledge offered by ICT, it is possible to identify their strong correlation with the principles, aims, and interests of sustainability science, which can be highly inspired by ICT-intensive domains. In this paper, we study the theoretical background on system thinking as an interpretative lens able to support better understanding of dimensions and dynamics involved in the domain of sustainability, and examine the role of ICT in advancing sustainability goals. Then, we analyze the domain of the Smart Grid as a prominent example of complex technological contribution in face of the challenges of sustainability, and present the insights from this domain, which are turned into sustainability guidelines for other domains, linking smartness, and sustainability in the light of systems thinking and Smart Grid experience. In summary, the core recommendation of this work is the employment of information technology to widen the scope of the sustainability game by sliding activities in time and space, and in engaging more players in the game, which is now made possible thanks to the advancement in ICT.