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Green ICT dynamics: key issues and findings for Germany

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The role of information and communication technology (ICT) is discussed both with respect to economic growth and green global modernization. ICT stands for the most innovative sector in the EU and the USA. High productivity growth and digital product innovations are characteristics of this sector; at the same time, ICT products are considered to be an enabling technology in other sectors. While digital technological progress may be anticipated—including the expansion of the Internet—to contribute to raising efficiency and more green economic growth, there are considerable risks of rebound effects in the ICT sector. The findings for the impact of an expansion of green ICT in Germany show small significant effect on output and relatively more important effects on the reduction of greenhouse gases. Hence the simulation results from the PANTA RHEI model suggest that green ICT dynamics could be a useful element of sustainable development in Germany and the EU, respectively. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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  • Paul Welfens & Christian Lutz, 2012. "Green ICT dynamics: key issues and findings for Germany," Mineral Economics, Springer;Raw Materials Group (RMG);Luleå University of Technology, vol. 24(2), pages 155-163, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:minecn:v:24:y:2012:i:2:p:155-163
    DOI: 10.1007/s13563-012-0017-x
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    Keywords

    Information and communication technology (ICT); Green ICT; Innovation; PANTA RHEI model;

    JEL classification:

    • L63 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment
    • O44 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Environment and Growth
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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