Digitalization and Sustainability: A Call for a Digital Green Deal

Tilman Santarius*, Lina Dencik, Tomas Diez, Hugues Ferreboeuf, Patricia Jankowski, Stephanie Hankey, Angelika Hilbeck, Lorenz M. Hilty, Mattias Höjer, Dorothea Kleine, Steffen Lange, Johanna Pohl, Lucia A. Reisch, Marianne Ryghaug, Tim Schwanen, Philipp Staab

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science & Policy
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Digitalization
  • ICT for sustainability
  • Internet governance
  • Technology policy
  • Sustainability policy making

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