Households' ICT use in an energy perspective

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2007


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The starting point for this paper is the lack of linkage between two of the prominent social agendas of the time – the development of the information society and the question of how to prevent man-made climate change. The paper is intended as a contribution to integrate the two agendas by considering ICT in an energy perspective. In particular, the paper focuses on the integration of ICT in households and the energy impacts related to changing everyday practices. As this has not received much attention in previous research, the paper has an explorative character. Firstly, the paper reviews some of the previous studies on ICT and energy and the consumption perspective is introduced. Secondly, the integration of ICT in everyday practices and the dynamics behind the changes are outlined, inspired by a historical perspective. Thirdly, a figure of the relationships between changing everyday practices and the related energy impacts is presented, followed by descriptions of direct energy consumption related to household ICT, indirect energy consumption outside households, and derived impacts both within and outside households. The paper concludes with some remarks on political implications and questions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Good, the Bad and the Unexpected. The user and the future of information and communication technologies : COST Action 298 "Participation in the Broadband Society", Moscow 23-25 May 2007
EditorsBartolomeo Sapio et al.
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherCOST Office
Publication date2008
StatePublished - 2008


ConferenceThe Good, the Bad and the Unexpected. The user and the future of information and communication technologies
Period01/01/2007 → …
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