How digitalisation can help or hamper in the climate crisis

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How digitalisation can help or hamper in the climate crisis

Two global megatrends—climate change and digitalisation—will continue to shape EU policy for decades. The years 2020 and 2021 have seen policy shifts in the EU in these areas with changes explicitly joining the digital and sustainability agendas. The synthesis of these policy areas has also been accelerated by the European Green Deal and the EU recovery package, which requires EU Member States receiving coronavirus-recovery funds to make significant economic investments in both areas.

The climate effects of digitalisation will depend heavily on the policy frameworks that leverage those climate opportunities that digitalisation unleashes while effectively addressing the energy use, resource consumption and rebound effects of deploying digital technologies.

The Think2030 paper “How digitalisation can help or hamper in the climate crisis” examines these challenges, highlighting the top concerns, recent policy developments and key policy principles that can guide effective transitions in these areas.

Key principles

The paper presents key principles to guide the future development of sustainable digitalisation policy. These are: 

  • embedding digitalisation across policy areas,
  • getting incentives right,
  • synergising digitalisation with sustainability policy,
  • ensuring green, circular materials and energy inputs for ICT infrastructure and devices,
  • addressing algorithms,
  • and protecting governance and democracy.

To mark the launch of the Think2030 paper ‘How digitalisation can help or hamper in the climate crisis’, this webinar will provide a space to hear about the next steps needed to synergise two global megatrends in Europe – digitalisation and the low carbon transition – from the European Commission and stakeholders.

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