8. Other areas
Note: The following is a summary of recent relevant EuroDIG session outcomes and messages on which you may wish to comment. Additional proposals for core principles and commitments for action relating to this thematic area are also invited in this consultation.
Green Digital Transformation
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 1 Digitalisation and environmental sustainability must be looked at together and not as two distinct policy areas.
Commitments to action
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 1 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 repairability and recyclability, and adopting sustainable business models.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Ecological standards should be incorporated not only in ICT regulation but also the design and production of devices and applications.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 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.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The implementation of regulatory frameworks that are practical, effective and incentive-based is necessary to promote the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector, measure its impact on the environment, ensure transparency and corporate accountability, increase circular production and consumption, discourage illegitimate exports of e-waste, and to promote material efficiency by increasing the reuse and repairability of devices.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 1 Standardised methodology and indicators are imperative. Increased cooperation, data sharing, and external auditing are crucial to assess and monitor the environmental impact of the ICT sector, avoid greenwashing, and to promote transparency.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Common methodologies are also necessary to measure and compare the net-environmental benefits of digital solutions.
I think this is an excellent and needed addition, thank you! Additionally, there have been multiple successful sessions held on the topic at EuroDIG, of which a full listing is available at: https://eurodigwiki.org/wiki/Greening_Internet_governance_%E2%80%93_Environmental_sustainability_and_digital_transformation_%E2%80%93_2020/2021