Whether smartphones, streaming services or social networks – digitization is an integral part of our everyday lives. This development is neither good nor bad per se, because how we deal with digitization depends solely on us. What is certain, however, is that it changes our perception and decision-making behavior in almost all areas of life which can also have negative consequences for people and the environment. In just a few years for example – some estimate – the digital industry will cause more CO2 emissions than all vehicle traffic. In times of climate change and the scarcity of resources, a sustainable approach to digital progress must be found that combines economy, ecology and social issues.
The players in Bonn’s sustainability landscape are facing exactly this challenge. The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU), for example, describes measures for environmentally friendly IT, mobility or agriculture in its environmental policy digital agenda, the city of Bonn describes in its Smart City strategy how digital technologies can be used at the local level, the BMZ explains how digital change can be made more efficient, for example administrative systems that can open up new opportunities for innovation in business and under the project Digitainable, the University of Bonn’s innovation campus is analyzing the possible – positive or negative – influences of rapid progress in digitization and artificial intelligence on questions of sustainable development.