“Joining the Twin Transitions: No Green Deal without Digital”by DigitalEurope on 27th October 2021

On October 27, was held the webinar, “Joining the Twin Transitions: No Green Deal without Digital“, prepared by DigitalEurope, a trade association representing around 36,000 small and large businesses in the digital transformation process in Europe.

The webinar was moderated by Felice Simonelli, Associate Research Fellow, CEPS and panelists included: Daniel Mes, Cabinet Member to Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, European Commission, Jill Duggan, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund Europe, Marc Nézet, Senior Vice President for Energy Management and Software Transformation, Schneider Electric and DigitalEurope Executive Board Member and Floriane de Kerchove, Business Group Leader Digital, Agoria and DigitalEurope Executive Board Member.

Green and digital transition has been placed at the top of the European Commission’s policy agenda. During the webinar, speakers focused on how digital technologies can help reduce emissions by 55% by 2030.

Digital technology plays a crucial role in cutting down emissions. By using artificial intelligence, better connectivity and data collection, many of the most polluting sectors have already reduced CO2 emissions, as for example the city of Vienna, which succeeded in lowering CO2 emissions in buildings by 71% by applying technologies, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

Technology can effectively support Europe’s most carbon-intensive sectors in their transition to carbon neutrality or even significantly accelerate their transition.

The panelists respond to questions such as what role digital plays in addressing climate change, how transitions between green and digital can be made in each Member State, or how the twin transition can be measured.

The speakers several times emphasize the enormous potential of digital technologies that even now during mid-pandemic world are allowing us to stay safe and can be used to create a greener world which is less harmful to the earth and or may even repair some of that already created damage.

At K4I we’ll track the following developments of the green and digital transition in various sectors of industries. This discussion would become one of the major aspects of the European Innovation Area in the nearest future.