Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Sustainability, 2014

Published: 06 August 2014

ID: G00263625

Analyst(s): Andrew H Kim , Nagayoshi Nakano, Bettina Tratz-Ryan


Despite being supported by a diverse range of technologies, sustainable business practices are struggling to gain wider adoption. Much of the hype has gone out of sustainability as the harsh realities of tackling materials issues — and the need to create real business value from every initiative — test technologies and organizations alike.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • What's New on the Hype Cycle?
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Creating Shared Value
    • Hydrogen Economy
    • Agile Workplace Solutions
  • At the Peak
    • Smart City Framework
    • Sustainability Consulting Services
    • Consumer Energy Storage
    • Home Energy Management/Consumer Energy Management
    • Sustainable Sourcing and Procurement
    • Building-Integrated PV Solar
    • Car-Sharing Services
    • Smart Appliances
    • Sustainable Performance Management
    • Water Management
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Facilities Energy Management
    • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
    • Emissions Position Management
    • Integrated and Open Building Automation and Control Systems
    • Sustainable Design PLM
    • Sustainable Production
    • Green Data Center
    • Ecolabeling, Footprinting and Sustainability Certification
    • Carbon Credits
    • CSR Reporting
    • Fuel Cells
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Electronic Paper
    • Industrial Energy Management
    • Environmental Monitoring and Control
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Energy Management Systems
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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