Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is campaigning for more commitment by the IT industry to climate protection: “We can bring digitization and sustainability together,” said the SPD politician at the “Masters of Digital” conference of the Digital Europe industry association on Thursday. Unfortunately, the industry is reluctant to combine digital innovation with environmental and climate protection.
With a virtual representation, companies could test the effects of networked devices on the environment, Schulze gave an example. In the transport sector, it is not enough just to rely on electromobility. The transport of people and goods would also have to be organized more intelligently in order to reduce journeys. Artificial intelligence (AI) could help enormously in reducing CO2 emissions.
Schulze wants more regulation
The market alone will not fix it, believes Schulze, and calls for more regulation. The product badges propagated in the environmental department’s digital agenda could, for example, help to repair electronic devices more easily and to use them longer. There are already such requirements for batteries in electric vehicles. Schulze (LB3020618: with the Digital Services Act) $ (DSA) would like to take action against false reports on climate protection in social networks: The operators should be liable for the content transmitted.
Politicians themselves are not among the fastest when it comes to digitization, admits the Social Democrat. The EU environment ministers discussed the topic of digitization “very late” – namely for the first time in 2020. After all, the German and European Corona economic stimulus programs now offer good opportunities to jointly advance digital transformation and climate protection measures.
The minister named the work on a Green Consumption Assistant (GCA) at the TU Berlin and the Beuth University as a current state funding project in this area. This digital helper is intended to show the specific effects of consumer decisions such as CO2 emissions and manufacturing conditions as well as alternatives when searching for a product in the Ecosia search engine.