Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

Sustainable ICT's

G General Teaching


Sustainable development is today an increasingly strategic issue for many companies. In the field of Information and Communications Technologies, Green-IT must play an important role in the collective attention spans to preserve the environment, to control energy consumption and ensure their own sustainable development. 

The expected benefits are sufficiently significant so that the principal actors attack the subject. For manufacturers and operators in the sector, this issue is reflected by specific concerns about

 the fate of equipment, terminals and services expected to be developed and marketed.To address these concerns,companies today require engineers and managers with a culture of

sustainable development and knowledge of innovative methods for designing products and services that integrate the ecological constraint.

The course Sustainable ICT'sfocuses on Green IT that’s to say ICT which the design or usage can reduce the negative effects of human activities on the environment. Two main goals characterize this course:

  • Enable students to develop a culture of sustainable development so that they can put into practice and decision criteria of their future careers as engineers or managers.  This is a first level of training (general), corresponding to awareness sessions and knowledge acquisition on all issues of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.
  • To propose a specific module on the Green IT  and eco-design. This is a second level of training: through case studies, it aims to provide conceptual and methodological tools to integrate the constraints of sustainable development in innovation.


Hilty L., 2008, Information Technology and Sustainability: Essays on the Relationship, Books on Demand 

Readings and case studies provided by the teachers




A.      Awareness of a culture of sustainable development


Awareness of a culture of sustainable development
	1- Introduction to Sustainable Development 
-Issues, history and general
	2- Institutionalization of the Environment 
-«Spectacular» accidents and political action 
-The Precautionary Principle
-The Extended Producer Responsibility 

	3- ICT & Sustainable Development: regulatory framework and sectorial issues

B-The GreenIT 
1- ICT as a solution (coupling ICT and transportation, communication and telecommuting , wireless technologies for waste management, Smart Grids)
Rebound Effect
2-ICT as a problem  
-The Life-Cycle of ICT’s
-Ecological risks, health risk, privacy risk
3-Eco-design: to integrate the ecological constraint in innovation 
-Starting a business in eco-design (the case of a start-up)
-Feedback on tools for eco-design (the case of a SME)
-Eco-design and transversality of innovation (large group case)

Organization:lectures, visits from industrial and institution experts, case studies

Assessment:continuous assessment


Duration:21 hours

Teachers:Laura Draetta (course supervisor) and Alexandre Delanoe, TELECOM ParisTech

Nb hours: 21.00
Control form: continuous assessment - ENGLISH