POLITICS & INSTITUTIONS - EUROPE

D9+

Ministers looking at digital to speed up green transition



Hosted by Luxembourg on 27 October, the D9+ meeting was attended by Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.  © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Hosted by Luxembourg on 27 October, the D9+ meeting was attended by Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.  © SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

The use of technologies in the digital and green transition was discussed in Luxembourg by the D9+, the group of ministers from digitally advanced EU countries.

The ministerial group assembled representatives from Luxembourg, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Slovenia which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU participated as a guest, as did the European Commission and Lithuania.

In view of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow starting on 31 October, the D9+ discussed the use of digital technologies in reaching climate neutrality goals. The need to reduce the carbon footprint of the digital economy as soon as possible was highlighted during the meeting.

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) presented its project-- named “digital twin”-- which aims to develop digital means to monitor the use and generation of energy and to increase energy efficiency to reduce emissions.

Sustainable high-capacity digital infrastructure such as high-performance computing, satellites and 5G networks were put forward as a powerful tool to assess the effects of climate change.

The attraction and retention of talent as well as the strengthening of private investment in sustainable technologies in Europe were some elements that were highlighted as crucial to the success of the digital and green transition. The ministers agreed that priority should be given to sectors like agriculture, transport, energy, and manufacturing.

The need for more cross-border coordination on digital use cases was highlighted in the D9+ discussions with the covid certificate being cited as a successful project.