IGF 2020 WS #272 A green new deal for the digital world


Organizer 1: Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 2: Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 3: ,

Speaker 1: Frederic Bordage, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Annika Hedberg, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: David Cormand, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the policy tools that need to be put in place in order to achieve the transition towards sustainable technologies and a sustainable internet?

This session tackles the challenge of the digital and the ecological transition, and how to address them simultaneously.


GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action


This session aims at reconciliating the digital world with the physical one, and to articulate in policy and technical terms what a joint digital and ecological transition will look like. The session aims at bringing stakeholders around the table to discuss how to frame internet governance and to steer digital technologies development and innovation towards sustainability. They will expose the tools and framework that will be key to achieve a sustainable internet a) Introduction on the problem at hand b) How the digital revolution can steer a successful circular economy c) Policy effort at the European Parliament in that regard d) Vision from enterprises embracing sustainable technology e) Technical Expert on the framework necessary to make digital sustainable the default approach

Expected Outcomes

 Help to shape policy development, notably in the EU  Follow-up events  Publication

We will use online tool to allows for questions and participation to answer questions.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The current structure of the internet is not neutral and does not provide for efficient ways to promote a sustainable approach of digital development. We need to make policy-makers and stakeholders at large aware how the current governance of the internet can shape either the lack of sustainability of the digital world or steer innovation towards a durable and resilient future.

Relevance to Theme: The session focuses on how to make the internet more sustainable by design and accordingly touches upon the environmental track.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool.