Smart and sustainable: How can Digital help the green transition?

Speakers: Klesper Birgit, Gigler Björn-Sören, Berrutto Vincent, Fuhr Lise, Neves Luis, Ferber Markus, Barteková Eva
Moderator: Ingenrieth Anja

We are delighted to invite you to an event which will be held on Monday, 12th of July at 17.00.

We will discuss the role of ICT in finding smart and sustainable solutions for the green transition.

Our distinguished speakers for the evening will be:

  • Vincent Berrutto, Head of Innovation, Research, Digitalisation and Competitiveness, European Commission – DG ENERG;
  • Markus Ferber MEP (EPP/DE);
  • Lise Fuhr, Director General, European Telecommunication Network Operators’ Association (ETNO);
  • Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI);
  • Eva Barteková, Policy Analyst, Environment Directorate, Environment & Economy Integration Division, OECD.


Birgit Klesper, SVP Group Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom, will give the opening reamrks.

Bjorn Soren-Gigler, Senior Digital Innovation Officer, European Commission – DG CNECT, and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, will hold a keynote speech.

This event will be moderated by Anja Ingenrieth, Vice President, European Affairs – Brussels, Deutsche Telekom.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, this event will be held in streaming


This event is co-organised with


About the debate

In mid-July 2021, the European Commission will present the “Fit for 55” legislative package to fundamentally overhaul the EU’s climate policy architecture and put the EU on track to meet its 2030 climate target (55%).

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 means that European economies and societies will have to undergo a significant transformation to achieve the decoupling of resource use from economic growth. The EU climate targets pave the way for a flood of legislation that will change most aspects of EU citizens’ daily lives.

There is no doubt that the ICT sector will play an important role in this transformation. Digital infrastructures and services help other industries to save a significant part of their C02 emissions – smart solutions for cities, homes, transport, production or agriculture are key to achieving climate neutrality. This “enabling effect” is far greater than the C02 footprint of the ICT sector itself. Maximizing this potential is a key objective of the Green Digital Coalition, an industry initiative supported by the Commission, under which participating CEOs commit to investing in the development and deployment of green digital solutions with significant energy and material efficiencies that deliver a net positive impact across a wide range of sectors.

Nevertheless, the EU is only at the beginning of the journey. The new Industrial Strategy and Recovery Plan for Europe recently reaffirmed that the Commission sees the green and digital transition as a cornerstone of the post-Covid recovery process. However, some sectors paint a less optimistic picture, warning that the Green Deal will lead to deindustrialization and carbon leakage, as well as job losses. Within this context, it is critical to further explore the steps needed to make the EU a leader in clean technologies, as well as to understand how the green transition will affect Europe’s geopolitical power play and industrial competitiveness. These are unanswered questions that the old continent is and will be facing for a very long time to come.

The event will commence at 17.00 and it will be held in streaming.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through #Fit455






We look forward to hosting you at 17.00 on the 12th of July 2021.