How a Sustainable Digitalisation Works

"Bits & Trees" publication "Shaping Digital Transformation for a Sustainable Society" gives impulses

  • News 07.06.2023

From artificial intelligence and the environmental impact of the digital economy to global justice: the digital transformation presents numerous challenges and risks. The book "Shaping Digital Transformation for a Sustainable Society", shows how society can become digitally sustainable. It was presented by the Bits & Bäume network at the re:publica conference yesterday, 6 June 2023. It contains 28 contributions from 68 authors hailing from civil society, research, and practical experience, discussing challenges of digitalisation and how digital politics can and must be designed for sustainability. In their contribution "New governance for new tasks? – The reorganisation of government action in the digital world," Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Ramesohl, Co-Head of the Digital Transformation Research Unit at the Wuppertal Institute, Joscha Wirtz, Researcher in the same Research Unit, as well as the former research assistants of the Research Unit Alyssa Gunnemann and Rahel Weiher show which competencies are required for a digital-ecological statecraft.

The volume congregates contributions from the Bits & Bäume community, which came together for the second conference on digitalisation and sustainability with 2,500 participants in 2022 in Berlin. The conference was jointly organised by 13 organisations from the fields of environmental protection, digital policy, development policy, and science. The project's supporters include the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), the Technical University of Berlin, Germanwatch, Bread for the World and the German Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND). The publication and the Bits & Bäume conference 2022 were funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV).

The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the following link.

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