From commitments to action: Assessing the effectiveness of pan-European policies and regulations for the green digital transformation – WS 01 2022
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In the face of crises and challenges ranging from energy security to climate change, Europe needs to transition to a green digital economy by the 2030s. Are we making the progress that we need to realise this goal, however?
Since the beginning of the 2020s, Europe has faced crisis after crisis – ranging from COVID-19 and the current war in Ukraine, to the resulting refugee crisis and persistent economic, supply chain, and energy security challenges, just to name a few. These crises do not exist within a vacuum, however, nor are they manifesting in a completely unforeseen way. On the contrary, European governments across the continent have been preparing for an uncertain and potentially tumultuous 21st century with extensive plans such as the European Green Deal, the European Digital Strategy, and many others from both national governments as well as regional governance organisations outlining extensive plans and roadmaps for action.
Between technological innovations and expanding capacities, it is clear we have many of the solutions needed to address new and emerging challenges, but the important question to address is whether or not we are actually implementing them? With 2030 fast approaching, are we actually implementing effective regulations and setting the right standards to solve the problems of the future, especially as it relates to the intersection of digital and sustainability?
The reality is that there is no simple answer; it is one that should be seen as nuanced. While the “right to repair” is advancing, for instance, material footprints of information and communication technologies along with the amount of non-recycled electronic waste (e-waste) continue to rise.
Given these developments and building on EuroDIG’s past work on ICTs, sustainability, and the environment, this session will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the implementation of policies governing ICT sustainability and digitalization across Europe, specifically by highlighting areas that are progressing well along with areas that are struggling. We also seek to address how the EuroDIG community can further support the green digital transformation and accelerate the green transition of the European digital economy.
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Sustainability intersessional projects
- Greening Internet Governance (EuroDIG)
- IGF Dynamic Coalition on the Environment (DC-E)
- Policy Network on Environment (PNE – IGF)
Past EuroDIG sessions focusing on sustainability
- FS 1 (2021) – Greening Internet Governance, Part II – Enabling an Environmentally Sustainable Digital Transformation in Europe
- PL 4 (2020) – Greening Internet governance – Environmental sustainability and digital transformation
- Flash 13 (2019) – Fighting climate change with emerging technologies – for good or ill?
- WS 11 (2017) – Drowning in data – digital pollution, green IT, and sustainable access | It also includes an extensive and continuously maintained ICT sustainability resource database
FS 1 (2021) key messages
- A standardised methodology and indicators are necessary to assess and monitor the environmental and social impact of digital technologies to enable evidence based decision making at the regulatory and political levels.
- Internet governance must include sustainability at its heart (core).
- To reduce the environmental impact of the digital world, it is necessary to adopt measures to optimise energy and material efficiency (circularity) of the digital sector. For example, increasing the use of renewables, innovating for low energy consumption, keeping devices longer in use, facilitating re-use, improving reparability and recyclability, and adopting sustainable business models.
- We need to make sure that the infrastructure we use runs on green power. We should leverage policy, and in particular the policy on spending public money, to speed along the use of a greener Internet.
- Areas where international coordination is needed the most are measures to promote the circular economy, to share environmental data, to reduce environmentally harmful consumption, to promote efficiency and enhance digital applications, and to ensure transparency regarding environmental costs and materials, as well as the improvement of data protection through technical measures.
- Regulations that increase circular production and consumption, ensure corporate accountability, and increase the reuse of devices as well as increasing their longevity are some of the most important policy areas that need to be addressed in order for Europe to have a sustainable digital future.
Selection of past IGF sessions focusing on sustainability
- IGF 2021 IGF 2021 Main Session: The impact of environment data on sustainability and internet governance
- IGF 2020 Environment Track
- WS #266 Sustainable #netgov By Design: Environment & Human Rights (2020)
- Internet Rights and Principles Coalition (IRPC) – Sustainable Futures I – video (2018) & Sustainable Futures II video (2019)
Reports, regulations, and studies conducted by the European Union
- Coalition to work on the standardised assessment and monitoring methodologies & guidance (link)
- Commitments of EU MS on investing in green digital transformation (link)
- European Commission (2021) – Energy-efficient Cloud Computing Technologies and Policies for an Eco-friendly Cloud Market
- European Environmental Agency (2020) – Europe’s consumption in a circular economy: The benefits of longer-lasting electronics (briefing)
- European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) (2020) – Electronics and obsolescence in a circular economy
- Council of the EU (2020) – Digitalisation for the benefit of the environment
- European Commission (2020) – EU Circular Economy Action Plan
- European Commission (2020) – European Data Strategy
- European Commission (2020) – Shaping Europe's Digital Future
- European Commission (2020) – Guidance for the Assessment of Material Efficiency: Application to Smartphones
- European Parliament (2020) – Promoting product longevity: How can the EU product safety and compliance framework help promote product durability and tackle planned obsolescence, foster the production of more sustainable products, and achieve more transparent supply chains for consumers?
- European Commission & the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2019) – Digital4Planet: Plenary session at Digital Assembly 2019
- Lower Energy Acceleration (LEAP) Program – Roadmap | Program overview
- Climate change impacts in Europe (link)
- Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA) – Roadmap
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- Florian Cortez
- Julia Trzcińska
- Michael J. Oghia
- Minda Moreira
- Shawna Finnegan
- Almut Nagel
- Alexandra Lutz, Parliamentary Assistant for MEP David Cormand, Greens/EFA
- Almut Nagel, Green Digital Transformation - Policy Officer, DG-Connect, European Commission
- Michelle Thorne, Sustainable Internet Lead, Mozilla Foundation
- Ross Creelman, Public Policy Manager, ETNO
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