As it has been established by the European Commission, the Green Deal is going to be the roadmap for making the European economy more sustainable. Its most ambitious target is to make the EU climate neutral in 2050. In order to do so, the whole of society needs to be involved, from public authorities to industry, academia and research, not forgetting the central role of citizens.
Practically every sector of the European economy will have to be addressed: greening transport, supporting more resilient food chains, decarbonising energy generation and promoting resource efficiency in manufacturing and construction. These are not easy challenges.
In fact, a successful transition to climate neutrality will depend on the capacity of Europe to bring innovation to the table, leveraging digital technologies as key enablers. Harnessing such technologies could bring entirely new ways of solving environmental problems and at the same time, will likely contribute to profound economic and social change.
Blockchain technology can shed some light on the complex combination of supply chains, financial markets and services of the energy sector and, at the same time, a more transparent market will empower consumers’ choices.
IoT devices can pave the way towards a circular economy for many European industries and SMEs. Thanks to sensors and connected systems, it is possible to obtain valuable data about products, manufacturing processes and waste, which can improve entire value chains.
Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence can even unlock new “green” opportunities in the market, for instance, by helping to develop environmentally-friendly solutions and services.
Indeed, there are many ways in which digital technologies can be applied for achieving climate neutrality and the Green Deal will be the perfect framework to prove it.
Next September, the European Commission will further strengthen the Green Deal by launching a call worth nearly €1 billion for research and innovation projects. The call contains 11 areas of work and if significant change is to be achieved, digital technologies must, without a doubt, appear in each of the areas as the driver of that change.
“By treating the tech sector as part of the solution rather than part of the problem, the Green Deal’s policy proposals are an opportunity to accelerate the use of digital solutions to reduce carbon emissions.”