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Digital Europe - virtual dematerialisation: ebusiness and factor X. Final report, March 2003

Project ID: IST-2000-28606
Funded under: FP5-IST


This report, prepared by the Wuppertal Institute, constitutes part of Deliverable 6 (D6) of WP3 'virtual dematerialisation: ebusiness and factor X' of DEESD - Digital Europe: ebusiness and sustainable development, a project funded by the European Community and the 'Information Society Technology' programme.

Within this project, Work Package 3 focuses on the impact of ebusiness on two of the most important factors in the creation of a highly resource-productive society: the resource intensity of ICT infrastructure and its transport efficiency. The contribution of ebusiness to the decoupling of environmental pressure from economic growth is an area in which quantifiable examples are urgently needed.

The research within WP3 contributes to filling this gap by assessing the resource flows and transportation needs on the macro, meso and micro levels. Findings from this research are presented in this paper, which starts with a description of the relevant policy background. One chapter presents macro-level analysis of the impact of the ICT sector on environmental sustainability. Further chapters summarise initial findings from the case study work and describe further steps to be taken. Recommendations and conclusions are given in a final chapter.

A (Summary report) has also been published, and further information is available from the project website at:

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