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Digitalization and sustainability: a call for a digital green deal

Santarius, T., Dencik, L. ORCID:, Diez, T., Ferreboeuf, H., Jankowski, P., Hankey, S., Hilbeck, A., Hilty, L.M., Höjer, M., Kleine, D., Lange, S., Pohl, J., Reisch, L., Ryghaug, M., Schwanen, T. and Staab, P. 2023. Digitalization and sustainability: a call for a digital green deal. Environmental Science and Policy 147 , pp. 11-14. 10.1016/j.envsci.2023.04.020

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The relation between digitalization and environmental sustainability is ambiguous. There is potential of various digital technologies to slow down the transgression of planetary boundaries. Yet resource and energy demand for digital hardware production and use of data-intensive applications is of substantial size. The world over, there is no comprehensive regulation that addresses opportunities and risks of digital technology for sustainability. In this perspective article, we call for a Digital Green Deal that includes strong, cross-sectoral green digitalization policies on all levels of governance. We argue that a Digital Green Deal should first and foremost aim at greater policy coherence: Current digital policy initiatives should include measures that service environmental goals, and environmental policies must address risks and advance opportunities of digital technologies to spur sustainability transformations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1462-9011
Funders: Robert-Bosch Foundation GmbH, Germany
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 July 2023
Date of Acceptance: 24 April 2023
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2023 09:46

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