Greening Internet Governance, Part II – Enabling an Environmentally Sustainable Digital Transformation in Europe – FS 01 2021

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29 June 2021 | 10:30-13:15 CEST | Studio Bruges
Consolidated programme 2021 overview / Day 1

Proposals: #12 #16 #61 #62 #74 #99

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Session information

Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Time: 10:30 - 13:15 CEST (UTC+2)

Session teaser

Now is the time for Europe to integrate sustainability and digitalisation via concrete action with the EuroDIG community. Tomorrow will be too little too late. How do we make ICT more sustainable, and how do ICTs enable us to achieve greater sustainability in society and economics?

Session description

Over the past year, the EuroDIG community has been addressing information and communications technology (ICT) sustainability and the crucial role of the Internet governance community in ensuring that environmental sustainability is at the heart of ICTs throughout their lifecycle. We are at a critical junction given the urgency of the topic coupled with a policy and regulatory environment that recognises the need for more concerted action vis-a-vis digitisation and sustainability – from the European Green Deal and the Sustainable Development Agenda, to the post-COVID recovery plans and the UN's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.

One year later, what has been achieved in Europe? What are the most prominent challenges? What else must be done to support all stakeholders in their respective roles towards greening Internet governance and the ICT ecosystem more broadly? What concrete commitments, collaborations, and plans for action are underway to develop rights-based and sustainable technologies as well as to ensure that technology is put in the service of solving the climate crisis and promoting environmental justice?

This session builds on EuroDIG 2020 Plenary 4: Greening Internet Governance to review the progress made since EuroDIG 2020 and examine concrete achievements and feasible action plans for a sustainable ICT environment in the future, particularly over the next decade in-line with the EU's digital action plan and Green Deal strategies. It also constitutes the launch of the EuroDIG intersessional project, Greening Internet Governance, which will draw on the discussions had during this session to elaborate upon via concrete actions and recommendations over the coming period.


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the online nature of EuroDIG 2021, and the high degree of interest in this topic, our session has been assigned a new session format called a focus session. This extended plenary session will allow us to dive deeper into the topics and create a foundation to launch EuroDIG’s upcoming intersessional project, Greening Internet Governance. This plenary event will be divided into three distinct, 45-minute-long sections (Input, Breakout Groups, and Output), with two 15-minute breaks in-between, meant to help facilitate the online format of EuroDIG 2021. The session is only the beginning of much more intensive work to come, which will generate concrete policy actions and recommendations.

PART I: Input

Allotted time: 45 minutes

Introduction (3’)

Keynote (5’)

  • David Jenson, Head of Environmental Peacebuilding & Coordinator of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force, and Co-champion of the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES)

EuroDIG Question Time (30’) – BBC Question Time style

  • Theme: One year later, where are we now?
  • Moderator: Alexandra Lutz, Parliamentary Assistant for MEP David Cormand, Greens/EFA


Closing remarks for the first section & breakout group briefing (7’)

Break (‘15)

PART II: Breakout Sessions

Allotted time: 45 minutes

The purpose of the breakout sessions will be to focus each discussion on creating 2-3 key questions and/or concrete areas of inquiry/action on which we can further expand throughout the coming months as part of the Greening Internet Governance intersessional programme. Each breakout room corresponds to relevant developments over the past year, as raised by the organizing team, and in-line with last year’s messages (available in the “Further Reading” section below).

Theme 1: Energy


  • Co-Facilitator: Alisa Heaver, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate of The Netherlands
  • Co-facilitator (Rapporteur): Kris Shrishak, YOUthDIG
  • Subject Matter Expert: Emma Fryer, TechUK

Description: Guiding questions:

Theme 2: Circular Economy

Title: Circular and digital: Internet governance as part of the solution

  • Co-Facilitator: Leandro Navarro, eReuse, UPC - BarcelonaTECH, and Association for Progressive Communications
  • Co-facilitator (Rapporteur):
  • Subject Matter Expert: Beat Estermann, University of Applied Sciences, Bern

Description: The breakout session will be about the circular economy of digital technology products. Specifically, it will:

  1. Raise concerns, challenges, and requirements (what information to has to be collected and shared);
  2. Devise ideas for governance and policy solutions (how citizens and civil society groups can organise, how public institutions can regulate, how information has to be shared, etc.); and
  3. Facilitate discussion on how to enable European citizens to be aware and act collectively to ensure the Internet rapidly evolves and helps to achieve a more sustainable society (according to the three pillars of sustainability: social, environmental, and economic).

The outcome of the session should outline a list of action items with a summary description of scope, a measurable goal/outcome, an expected time to achieve it, who can lead it, and who should or is willing to contribute.

Guiding questions:

  • What are the requirements for a digital product passport (DPP) that supports the circular economy of digital devices? That can include end-user devices, network, server, and Internet of things (IoT) devices or even any "connected" device.
  • How do we assess and regulate the environmental impact of the Internet and the efficiencies the Internet can provide?
  • How the European Internet community can organise to oversee, raise awareness, and act collectively to comply with environmental impact reduction (through the circular economy) required to mitigate climate change?
  • How can we assess (via metrics, data, stats, etc.) the degree of involvement of the European citizens in the circular economy, as well as assess the savings and required rewards for those contributions (e.g. voluntary or mandatory environmental impact reports perhaps related to the DPP for circular behaviours)?
  • How do we generalise circular public procurement in the private and public sector?
  • How can digital inclusion and the circular economy work together? (related to sustainability)?

Theme 3: Regulation & Policy

Title: Description: Guiding questions:

  • Co-Facilitator: Chris Adams, The Green Web Foundation & ClimateAction.Tech
  • Co-facilitator (Rapporteur):
  • Subject Matter Expert: Ilias Iakovidis, DG-Connect, European Commission

Theme 4: Green Business & ICT for Sustainable Business Models

Title: Description: Guiding questions:

Theme 5: Lifestyles & Consumerism

Title: All that glitters is not... sustainable – Breaking down the elements of regulating/incentivising consumers’ relationship with ICTs

  • Co-Facilitator: Weronika Koralewska, digital rights & environmental advocate
  • Co-facilitator (Rapporteur):
  • Subject Matter Expert: Ugo Vallauri, The Restart Project

Description: The aim of this breakout group discussion will be to discuss what factors should be taken into consideration while discussing the policy directions on regulating/incentivising consumers' relationships with electronics/ICTs (in order to make the consumption and lifestyles more sustainable). We also intend to think about what would be the elements of successful regulation that would help the consumers understand which digital solutions are environmentally friendly and which are not. Ultimately, the main goal of the session is to construct the "problem statement" that will be helpful for the future development of EuroDIG's Greening Internet Governance” initiative.

Guiding questions:

  1. What factors should we take into consideration while discussing the policy directions regulating/incentivizing consumers' relationships with electronics/ICTs (in order to make the consumption and lifestyles more sustainable)?
  2. How can regulation help the consumer understand which digital solutions are environmentally friendly and which not?

Break (‘15)

PART III: Output

Allotted time: 45 minutes

Reporting Back & Discussion (35’)

  • Breakout group reporting by the rapporteurs (10’)
  • Present key messages & action points from each breakout group (2 minutes each)
  • Use the Zoom Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down reactions to gauge audience agreement/disagreement
  • Followed by 25 minutes of discussion

Session reporting (5’)

  • Reporter: TBA

Wrap-up (2’)

Further reading

Sustainability intersessional projects

Past EuroDIG sessions focusing on sustainability

PL 4 (2020) 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

Reports, regulations, and studies conducted by the European Union

Additional resources

  • Climate change impacts in Europe (link)
  • Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA)


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Focal Points

  • Minda Moreira, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition
  • Michael J. Oghia, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA)

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  • Alisa Heaver, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • David Franquesa
  • Kathrin Morasch, Better Internet for Kids | Youth IGF Germany
  • Vesna Manojlovic
  • Weronika Koralewska, Freelancer
  • Laurent Lefevre
  • Chris Adams
  • Prof. James Crabbe, Wolfson College, Oxford University
  • Didier Beloin-Saint-Pierre
  • Dr. Monique Calisti, Martel GmbH
  • Kris Shrishak, YouthDIG
  • Amali De Silva-Mitchell, Dynamic Coalition on Data Driven Health Technologies / Futurist
  • Rapudo Hawi
  • Leandro Navarro, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Ilias Iakovidis, European Commission
  • Fabio Monnet
  • Simon Hinterholzer
  • Mike Hazas
  • Elizaveta Saponchik
  • Florian Feillet, ETNO
  • Marcel Krummenauer, Youth IGF Germany

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  • Alexandra Lutz
  • Michael J. Oghia

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