The event took place on Friday September 30th, 2022, 12.30- 2 pm CET at Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF) in Berlin. In addition, we offered a livestream for the presentation of the report and discussion of the main findings. The video will be available here shortly.

Just in time for the 2nd international “Bits & Bäume” conference on digitalization and sustainability, we are pleased to announce the launch of the report Digital Reset. Redirecting Technologies for the Deep Sustainability Transformation. The report is the outcome of the project ‘Digitalization for Sustainability – Science in Dialogue’ (D4S), a two-year scientific dialogue amongst 15 European experts. The report calls for a redirection of digitalization and shows how the governance of digital technologies can be reshaped to contribute to ambitious goals for social and environmental sustainability.

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Governments worldwide hope that digital technologies can provide key solutions. Yet, we argue, digitalization, in its current and mainstream form, is rather aggravating than solving many of the problems at hand. What is needed instead is a deep sustainability transformation that fundamentally reorganizes the economy and all its sectors.

Our report shows how digitalization can support the quest for such a deep sustainability transformation. It dives into the sectors agriculture, mobility, energy, consumption, industry and buildings and presents specific policies that can redress the risks and support the opportunities of digital technologies for the transformation. Moreover, the report provides a blueprint for the European Union on how to reconceptualize governance of digital services, data, artificial intelligence as well as business models so that digitalization contributes to achieving carbon neutrality, resource autonomy and economic resilience.

12.30-13.10h    Welcome and presentation of key points of the report

13.10-13.25h     Q&A session

13.25-13.55h     ConverStations – In-depth discussion of selected results

13.55-14.00h     Farewell

Food and drinks will be provided. The event will be held in English.

The livestream will be available for first part of the launch event from 12.30 to 1.30pm CET. You will receive the link upon registration.

  • Steffen Lange, TU Berlin
  • Tilman Santarius, TU Berlin und ECDF
  • Angelika Hilbeck, ETH Zurich
  • Dorothea Kleine, Sheffield University
  • Hugues Ferreboeuf, The Shift Project, Paris
  • Lorenz Hilty, University of Zurich
  • Mattias Höjer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • Marianne Ryghaug, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Philipp Staab, HU Berlin
  • Stephanie Hankey, Tactical Tech Collective

Organizers: D4S (Digitalization for Sustainability – Science in Dialogue), Einstein Center Digital Future & TU Berlin