Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Sustainability Performance: Wide Variation Within Industries

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A 2011 report by Fujitsu demonstrates wide variation in environmental sustainability performance with respect to IT practices (using their own performance metric “ITSx”).

My own research (currently under review) using 2008 data shows wide variation in corporate carbon performance (Revenue / Emissions) within industry (denominator is Scope 1 + Scope 2). The following box plots illustrate the range of each distribution.

Note also that variation depends on the industry. For example, Consumer Staples and Industrials have lower ranges relative to other low emitting industries (note y-axis scale difference across the two panels). Bottom line? Whether from the perspective of IT sustainability or overall sustainability performance, data illustrate wide variation within industries. Why might this be the case? That’s the subject of a future post.

Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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