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Pańkowska M., Sołtysik-Piorunkiewicz A.

Abstract: Green or environmentally friendly Information Technology (IT) refers to goods and services considered to inflict minimal or no harm to the environment. Enterprise information systems undoubtedly should undertake the burden of facilitating the waste emission and electric power usage reduction by pursuing a low waste supply chain management practice and energy cost-efficient IT. The paper aims to present co-packing enterprise information system case study for support of that thesis.

Key words: green IT, management information system, greening information system, logistics enterprise


Contemporary approach to Green IT is a long-term approach that includes business and environmental factors. Starting with the immediate or tactical actions, such as switching off monitors, the strategic approach goes into long term planning, at least for 3-5 years, that will include environmental issues in the business strategy. Green IT is defined as the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems (such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communication systems) efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment, therefore the business organization is able to achieve economic viability and improve system performance and use, while taking into account the social and ethical responsibilities (Unhelkar, 2011). The paper is to reveal the problem of greening IT in logistics enterprise. The paper consists of four parts. At first, the green IT and the greening IT are explained. Next, authors focus on greening IT in product life cycle approach and in management information systems. The third part covers the presentation of logistics enterprises in co-packing industry. The last part consists of the analysis of enterprise information systems for co-packing industry and for waste management. The case study on E.T. Ewa Tomczak company is presented there.

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The article covered discussion on logistic management processes in co-packing industry in the context of greening IT, and the case study of co-packing enterprise E.T. Ewa Tomczak. Presented in the paper processes of logistics in management of co-packing enterprise include ordering and acceptance of components, ordering and acceptance of auxiliary materials and finished product release. The scope of processes of logistic information system in E.T. Ewa Tomczak company supported by implemented Intense System and Comarch CDNXL System is rather narrow in comparison with challenges created by the proponents of greening information systems. The co-packing enterprises information system should also include more details of green IT management system, like power use and emissions control system, waste management, recovery and recycling of materials, reuse and recycling of equipment, tools for auditing and reporting energy consumption and its influence on the natural environment. The further development of the system will be the topic of the future research.


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Informatyka zielona lub przyjazna środowisku (green IT) obejmuje produkty i usługi informatyczne, które mają minimalne lub żadne szkodliwe oddziaływanie dla środowiska naturalnego człowieka. Systemy informatyczne biznesu bez wątpienia powinny podjąć wysiłek zmniejszenia emisji szkodliwych substancji i działania na rzecz zmniejszenia zużycia energii elektrycznej przez rozwój praktyk zarządzania łańcuchami dostaw o niskiej emisji substancji szkodliwych oraz przez wdrażanie energooszczędnych systemów informatycznych. Celem artykułu jest prezentacja modelu funkcjonalności systemu informatycznego dla wspomagania zarządzania opakowaniami produktów w przedsiębiorstwie.

Słowa kluczowe: zielona logistyka, systemy informatyczne zarządzania, ekologiczny system informacyjny, przedsiębiorstwo logistyczne



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