This spring, the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety published a catalogue of 70 measures it touted as the world’s first-ever digital-environmental agenda.
The thrust of the initiative, which was developed together with 200 experts, was how to ensure digitalization is also environmentally friendly.
“With this digital agenda, we are doing genuinely pioneering work,” said Environment Minister Svenja Schulze. “Protecting the environment should be part of every algorithm since, if it is not steered, digitalization will become an environmental problem. With the proper guidelines, however, digitalization can help contain climate change and prevent species from dying out.”
The measures extended from mandating the energy efficiency of computing centers to requirements that devices like smartphones and tablets have longer usable lives.