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The role of smart home technology in the sustainable transformation

  • CODE RED FOR HUMANITY. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk. Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible. (Guterres 2021) The digitalisation ongoing in households and sustainability-related challenges are multifaceted and complex. The introducing quote of the United Nations Secretary-General refers to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), emphasising the urgency to act – now. As of today, becoming a sustainable population is still a distant destination. As outlined in the previous chapters, the challenges associated with that transformation remain huge, complex, and largely unsolved. Recent dramas such as the power incident in Texas (2021), the floods in Germany (2021), or the drought in sub-Saharan Africa (2020s) – are just a few of the uncountable issues stirring up the debate about fossil-fuel abandonment and the timing of climate neutrality. Business research can actually be accused of referring to the persistent focus on gains and growth, despite early warnings for society at large (e.g., Meadows et al., 1972; Kölsch & Veit, 1981; Veit & Thatcher, 2023). However, academic researchers, corporations, and society are now waking up, as shown by the climate change conference. In fact, it appears that the information systems (IS) discipline just began tackling mammoth challenges around climate change within the last decade (Melville, 2010; Watson et al., 2010). The central discussion in emerging work revolves around the role and use of digital technologies on the path to a healthy planet. But while early studies have focused on organisational settings (e.g., Gholami et al., 2016; Seidel et al., 2013), increasingly research addresses private settings (e.g., Wunderlich et al., 2019).

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Author of HS ReutlingenWunderlich, Philipp
ISBN:978 1 80220 185 7
Erschienen in:Research handbook on information systems and the environment
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of publication:Camberley
Editor:Vanessa Cooper, Johann Kranz, Saji Mathew, Richard Watson
Document Type:Book chapter
Publication year:2023
Page Number:20
First Page:275
Last Page:294
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt