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Ecological Debt: outlining a measure to evaluate software greenability

Developing low quality software (with design flaws, poor quality code, etc) lead to a product with an inner cost that could be measured by using technical debt, that could be consider as the economical effort to solve all the existing design problems of a given software. As time goes on, software quality is acquiring new dimensions, and one of the most important one in the recent years (required by our society) is Software Sustainability, that could be understood as the degree of environmental-friendliness of a soft-ware system. So, following the idea of technical debt, we propose the concept of Ecological Debt which purpose is to measure the economical effort to develop a sustainable software following the Green-in principles.