Safety vs. sustainability design: Analogies, differences and potential synergies

Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas, Leticia Duboc, Stefanie Betz, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Birgit Penzenstadler, Colin C. Venters

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The idea that there are important parallels between safety and sustainability and that software engineers might be able to take lessons learned from safety and apply them to sustainability has been voiced and initially explored before. This paper extends the analysis of similarities, differences, and potential synergies between the two concepts, according to four different dimensions of these domains: systemicity, complexity, certification and social perception.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073

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  • Non-functional requirements
  • Safety
  • Sustainability


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