[CLOSED] Call for Papers: Special Issue on Green ICT

IT Professional seeks submissions for this upcoming special issue.
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Submissions Due: 20 January 2023

Important Dates

Submissions Due: 20 January 2023

Publication: July/August 2023

Information and Computational Technology (ICT) exceeds the aviation industry in carbon release. ICT is suspected of contributing somewhere between 2% and 4% of global carbon release, mostly through energy consumption. In some of the worst  the worst cases:

  • Electricity used for U.S. servers and data centers creates 35.9 million metric tons CO₂ annually.
  • One ton of printed circuit boards has a higher concentration of precious metals than one ton of mined ore.
  • The Digiconomist’s Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index estimated that one bitcoin transaction takes 1,449 kWh to complete, or the equivalent of approximately 50 days of power for the average US household.   There are on average 300k bitcoin transactions per day.    Likewise, an analysis of 8,000 transactions from the NFT platform SuperRare suggested that an average NFT consumes 340 kWh of energy.

In some jurisdictions, formal regulatory actions have been initiated by regulators against some energy intensive uses of ICTs. For instance, regulators in China and Kosovo have banned Bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining’s high energy consumption and negative environmental impact have been key reasons.

On the other hand, ICT offers the potential to be part of the solution through improved monitoring, design and efficiency. Thus, this call  seeks papers dealing with both the cup half empty cup and the cup half full when it comes to green computing. The following topics are applicable, but only suggestive of the wide range of innovative topics that touch on the future of green computing 


Green Computing

  • Economics of Green Computing
  • Governance and standardization strategies for reduced computational energy consumption
  • Advances in climate and impact Modeling
  • Role of  technology in climate education
  • Best practices for energy management while using PCs

Green Software

  • Algorithms designs to avoid high energy consumption  
  • Virtualization as an energy saving strategy
  • Alternative approaches to overcome blockchain mining
  • Energy advantages of smart technology at scale (e.g. energy efficient smart cities)
  • Remote sensing of water quality, biomass and other indications as predictive measures
  • Adaptive computer-aided design approaches, including quantum computing,  to enhance carbon capture
  • Green strategies for applied: 
  • AI/ML 
  • Cloud Computing
  • IOT design

Green Communications

  • Green 5G and 6G technologies
  • Green mobile applications 
  • Green cognitive radio networks 
  • Communication solutions for green buildings 

Power Management

  • Power consumption and cost models of networking infrastructure 
  • Power consumption measurements and energy profiling of communication networks
  • Increasingly efficient battery technology for energy storage
  • Efficient and secure SCADA systems
  • Smart Power Grids

Green Hardware

  • Energy Efficient Server Farms 
  • Reducing cooling requirements
  • Enlightened used digital component recovery and reuse
  • Advanced chip designs designed to reduce energy consumption
  • Green Quantum computing

Electronic waste

  • Impact of batteries in the environments
  • Impact of electronic in the environments
  • Battery and disposal process
  • Impact of electronic waste in the future

Political and Social Discourses Around Green ICT 

  • Cultural orientation towards Green ICT
  • Environmental activism and Green ICT
  • Legal and regulatory response to ICTs’ carbon footprint and Green ICT
  • Key argumentations provided by different stakeholders such as crypto enthusiasts. policy-making agencies, international development organizations, environmental activists, consumers and corporations regarding ICTs’ carbon footprint and Green ICT

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, please visit IT Professional‘s Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal.


Please contact the guest editors at it4-2023@computer.org.

Guest Editors:

  • George Hurlburt, Stemcorp
  • Amir Dabirian, California State University, Fullerton
  • Nir Kshetri,- University of North Carolina at Greensboro