Digitalisation and Impacts on Sustainability

Digital technologies have become ever more ubiquitous over the last decade, impacting on every aspect of society. Whether the spread of digital technologies throughout the manufacturing, services, and communications sectors will promote – or impede – a transition towards sustainability remains uncertain. What are the impacts of digitalisation on global energy demand? Can the growth of digital technologies support efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Does digitalisation support the development of sustainable economies? And finally, could digital platforms for communication and collaboration enhance international cooperation and strengthen public debate in democratic societies? This project aims to identify opportunities afforded by digital technologies to support transformations towards sustainable economies and societies and to distil solutions for future development from these insights.