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Unformatted text preview: Towards Green Business Process Management Konstantin Hoesch-Klohe, Aditya Ghose, Lam-Son Lˆe University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia School of Computer Science and Software Engineering Decision Systems Lab Abstract —There is a global consensus on the need to reduce our collective carbon footprint. While much research attention has focused on developing alternative energy sources, automo- tive technologies or waste disposal techniques, we often ignore the fact that the ability to optimize (existing) operations to reduce their emissions impact is fundamental to this exercise. We believe that by transforming the problem into the domain of Business Process Management (BPM) we can leverage the rich expertise in this field to address issues associated with identifying areas for improvement, understanding the implication and performing carbon footprint minimization. We will use the term “Green BPM” to describe a novel class of technologies that leverage and extend existing BPM technology to enable process design, analysis, execution and monitoring in a manner informed by the carbon footprint of process designs and instances. This article describes the first steps in the development of this class of technologies. I. INTRODUCTION There is a global consensus on the need to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Due to external pressures such as legislative requirements , , as well as an increase awareness of the general public (choosing products from or- ganizations with environmentally sustainable profile), orga- nizations are forced to capture details about, understand and minimize their carbon footprint. We argue that by transform- ing the problem into the domain of Business Process Man- agement (BPM) we can leverage the rich expertise in this field to address issues associated with identifying areas for improvement, understanding the implication and performing carbon footprint minimization. Transforming a problem into a more researched domain is a powerful principle often applied in mathematics and science. BPM is known for its focus on the understanding and improvement/optimization of an enterprise’s business processes. Process modeling tech- nology has applications beyond what we would traditionally describe as business processes. We can also model and improve manufacturing and other “physical” processes. To leverage the BPM technology we need to inform the business process design with its associated emission impact. This article shows how business process designs can be informed by capturing and utilizing the relationship between resources and activities and how this paves the way for future green business process optimization....
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- Spring '10
- Computer Science, Business process modeling, carbon emission