Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Sustainability, 2013

Published: 31 July 2013

ID: G00251546

Analyst(s): Simon Mingay


Sustainable business practices are battling to gain wider adoption, enabled by a very diverse set of technologies. Much of the hype has gone out of sustainability as the harsh realities of tackling material issues and creating real value test the technologies and organizations alike.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
    • The Technologies Enabling or Driving Sustainability Performance Are Diverse
    • The Technologies That Move the Fastest Most Directly Influence Performance
    • Expect a Change of Balance Between Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
    • Mostly, the Limitations Are Not Technological
    • IT Needs to Deliver on Its Potential to Cut GHG Emissions and Improve Sustainability-Related Performance
    • Consolidation Through Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) Will Pick Up Pace
    • A Vibrant Service Sector Is a Key Enabler to Enterprise Performance and Market Growth
    • Resource Monitoring and Efficiency Continue to Be Key Drivers
    • The Movers, the Shakers and the Less Vigorous
    • What's New on the Hype Cycle?
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off The Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Sustainability Consulting Services
    • Agile Workplace Solutions
    • Hydrogen Economy
    • Sustainable Performance Management
  • At the Peak
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    • Lithium Iron Phosphate Batteries
    • Silicon Anode Batteries
    • Internet of Things
    • Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement
    • Additive Manufacturing Processes
    • Building-Integrated PV Solar
    • Consumer Energy Storage
    • Home Energy Management/Consumer Energy Management
    • Intelligent Lighting
    • Car-Sharing Services
    • Facilities Energy Management
    • Gamification
    • Smart Appliances
    • Social Media for Utilities
    • Water Management
    • Operations Intelligence
    • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
    • Emissions Position Management
    • Life Cycle Assessment Tools
    • Nanomaterial Supercapacitors
    • Solar Power Mobile Devices
    • Thermal/Concentrating Solar Power
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Integrated and Open Building Automation and Control Systems
    • Enterprisewide Carbon and Energy Management Software
    • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles/Electric Vehicles
    • Sustainability Management
    • Ecolabeling, Footprinting and Sustainability Certification
    • Sustainable Design PLM
    • CSR Reporting
    • Video Visits
    • Carbon Markets
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Home Health Monitoring
    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles
    • Micro Fuel Cells
    • Process Control and Automation
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Energy Management in Manufacturing
    • Fuel Cells
    • Electronic Paper
    • Environmental Monitoring and Control
    • Work at Home
    • Photovoltaic Generation
    • Hybrid Electric Vehicles
    • Fleet Vehicle Tracking
    • Unified Communications and Collaboration
    • Video Telepresence
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Process Data Historians
    • Fleet Routing and Scheduling
    • Location-Aware Technology
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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