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Green Software

SDIA definition

Green software is part of Green IT as it is an application that runs on information technology (IT).
For a clear definition, the SDIA follows Ayse Bener et al.โ€™s definition of Green Software for the In the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Greening in software aims to reduce the environmental impact caused by the software itself. [...] Green specifications provide a way to indicate a serviceโ€™s carbon footprint and eventually specify operational constraints to allow more flexibility during service provisioning. (Ayse Bener et al.,โ€Green Software,โ€ p. 37 - 38) The Green Software Foundationโ€™s definition of Green software;
As โ€œgreenโ€ has no specific definition, the term has so far mainly been used in marketing, which is why its use can be misleading. The SDIAโ€™s definition of โ€œgreenโ€ in the context of Green Software, would be environmentally sustainable software. You can find our definition of sustainability here.

Other definitions

The Green Software Foundation defines green software as;
Green software is software that is responsible for emitting fewer greenhouse gases. (https://greensoftware.foundation/articles/what-is-green-software)
For more information on the Green Software Foundation visit: https://greensoftware.foundation

Related SDIA publications

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Related non-SDIA publications

For more contextual framework on Green software:
In โ€œGreen Software and Green Software Engineering โ€“ Definitions, Measurements, and Quality Aspects,โ€ by Eva Kern et al. explain the promising nature of Green software:
Regarding Green IT, there are a lot of solutions to build and use hardware in a more energy efficient way. But the debate how energy-intensive software might be is just beginning. In contrast, Green by IT is often software-based, e.g. by tools that help to optimize logistics and automate processes to save energy. But until now there are no considerations about the energy saving potential of software itself. (p. 87)

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