EGDC side event at COP27: The enabling impact of digital technologies on the climate

10 November 2022  |  10:00 CET

On 10 November 2022,  the European Green Digital Coalition hosted a session at the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub Pavilion, at the COP27 in Egypt. (Re)watch the session here!

This session allowed to present the EGDC’s work, which is unique as it uses real-life data from real-life pilots to measure the exact impact of digital solutions and make sure they have a “triple win”: economic, social and environmental benefits.

The three first real-life EGDC case studies in the transport and building sectors where presented:

  • 5G to improve the operations of a harbour (Port of Livorno), such as workforce’s safety, reduction of carbon emissions and operational efficiency (Provided by Ericsson, based on EU-funded project research results);

  • A Building Management System which allows to assess air temperature, air quality, as well as efficient heating, cooling and lighting needs of a building, allowing to save up to 30% of energy use (Provided by Schneider Electric);

  • A Building Management System which allows energy-efficient electricity transmission and reduces the needs of raw materials (copper, steel) by enabling dematerialisation (Provided by Cisco).

The panel discussion also addressed challenges encountered within the EGDC’s work, such as data availability. Indeed, measuring progress requires to have available data on current and past processes, while solutions have often not been built with measuring energy use and emissions in mind. In addition, the positive impact of a digital solution often lies outside of the providing company’s value chain. 

Thus, the success of the EGDC’s goals will depend on increased collaboration and interdependence between all stakeholders.

Watch the recording of the session below!

Thank you to all speakers of this session:

Valérie Hayer, Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe
Ilias Iakovidis, Adviser, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Pauline Op de Beeck, Associate Director – Europe, The Carbon Trust
Kaoru Inoue-Belmans, Director, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative 
Steven Moore, Head of Climate Action, GSMA
Massamba Thioye, Project Executive, UNFCCC
Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson