Cut City Air Pollution Using ICT

Research areas

Description

Air pollution has been exceeding recommended levels, not just in Beijing and New Delhi, but also in Sydney. This project will investigate using the ICT Sustainability techniques usually used for carbon dioxide pollution from a single company and apply them to other pollutants on a city-wide scale. There are many ways to use ICT to reduce pollution in theory, but the problem is in how to get people to use them in practice. This project therefore emphasizes the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) aspects: applying knowledge of human behavior so people can use, and want to use, technology which cuts pollution.
 
Some techniques, discussed in Worthington (2011) to reduce pollution are:
  1. Dematerialisation: use computers instead of physical goods. For example, replace traveling to meetings with teleworking.
  2. Smart Motor Systems: More efficient computer controlled motors to reduce energy use.
  3. Smart Logistics: More efficient good delivery to reduce truck use. These techniques might be used for example, for a parcel service using hybrid or electric trucks. Also an Uber-type service with electric vehicles could reduce pollution from private cars.
  4. Smart Buildings: Computer control of buildings to reduce energy use. This is normally thought of being applied to large corporate buildings and new apartment blocks, but increasingly can be applied to smaller, older, buildings.
  5. Smart Grids: Computer controlled electricity system to more efficiently use power, especially renewable energy. An example is Dr Lachlan Blackhall's Reposit Power in Fishwick. 

Reference

Worthington, T. (2011). ICT Sustainability: Assessment and strategies for a low carbon future. Retrieved from http://www.tomw.net.au/ict_sustainability/introduc...
 

 

Goals

Investigate using the ICT Sustainability techniques usualy used for carbon dioxide pollution from a single company and apply them to other pollutants on a city-wide scale.

Requirements

Completion of ICT Sustainability (COMP7310) or equivalent.

Background Literature

Worthington, T. (2011). ICT Sustainability: Assessment and strategies for a low carbon future. Retrieved from http://www.tomw.net.au/ict_sustainability/introduction.shtml

Keywords

Green technology.; Telecommunication - Environmental aspects.; Energy consumption; atmospheric pollutants;

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