The transition of energy systems toward a higher share of renewable energy creates complex challenges in designing, implementing, controlling and maintaining the systems. Environmental assessments of system structures and the decisions made during design, implementation and operation are usually based on complex data, models and decision procedures and therefore involve innovative applications of information and communication technologies (ICT).
This special issue of Environmental Impact Assessment Review gives a broad overview of ICT-based approaches to meet the challenges of renewable energy sources. It is based on papers selected from the 27th EnviroInfo Conference held at the University of Hamburg in September 2013 under the theme “ICT and Renewable Energies” (Page et al., 2013). The papers have been expanded by the authors and submitted to this special issue. In addition, some papers submitted to this journal independent of the EnviroInfo conference were included in the special issue.