Digital future: the internet should be climate-neutral in the eu to 2030

Digital Future: The Internet should be climate-neutral in the EU to 2030

The EU states ranked in a decision adopted on tuesday "digital future of europe" atturned steps to climate protection in the field of information and communication technologies (IUK). They demand the EU commission, for example, to propose mails together with a detailed impact assessment, with which data networks such as the internet and data centers will be climate-neutral up to 2030. The greenhouse gas outlet of the digital infrastructures had to sink net to zero until then.

Member states make prere

Currently, the commission has ied the general objective for the EU until 2050 via the "green deal" to achieve a climate-neutral economy. The council of ministers was more likely to be on the brake, but now warns to the hurry to make the digital technologies grun and for that of them as well as their inherent potential for "green it" turn off.

The energy efficiency of communication technology must improve, requires member states in their 24-page conclusions. Innovative technologies are to be demanded, but also altsystems are considered to be one "digital obsolescence" to prevent. At the same time the appeal goes to the commission, "together with the united nations environmental program to take the guided in the development of a global environmental data strategy up to 2025".

The council is also urgently needed to inform consumers about the CO2 imprint of electronic devices and at the same time "an extended right to a simple and affordable repair of the devices and an automatic update of the software within a reasonable period of time". The body encourages its own members to build the upgraded capacity for repair, disassembly and recycling of electronics. In addition, the EU countries are intended to integrate new criteria for an environmentally friendly public procurement for data centers and cloud services into their striking national action planes.

Value of digitization has become clear

The corona pandemic and its impact on the life of the burger and economies, according to government officials, have made the importance of digitization in all areas of business and society in the EU. They generally call for stronger efforts to expand the grid connection, digital value chains and electronic health services. Key areas such as the data management, artificial intelligence (KI) and digital platforms had to come from the crisis.

Especially when expanding public online services of the administration make the EU steam steam. The burgers must be easier to be possible, "from afar with the resistors in contact". The federal government wants to accelerate succession e-government projects with the current economic stimulus program.

At corona warning apps to track infection traps, the council points out that "all guarantees for respect for fundamental rights" as well as in particular the protection of personal data and the privacy and should be interoperable to the mobile applications. The commission has already set up its own plan including toolbox.

Also in the debate on the planned "digital services act" and thus the core of the internet legislation of the brusseler government institution already involves the member states. To bury the commission’s intention of the rules for digital services with such a reform package "to modernize strong and make it clearer". They emphasize that a rapid action in this area is not tue. Asked a set "clear and harmonized evidence-based rules for responsibilities and accountability" from online platforms that this "an appropriate MAB for legal certainty" guarantee.

Skeptically, the council bakes the increasing cap of digital services such as messengers. He warns here that the introduction of new technologies such as the mobile radio standard 5G and the successor 6G "the skills of law enforcement and security authorities and the judiciary should be received effectively on their legitimate tasks".

The body also appeals to the commission, "to create a reliable, common, interoperable and technologically neutral framework for the digital identity, which ensures the competitive advantage of the european companies and protects the common values and fundamental rights of the EU". Services such as electronic signatures or for web page authentication had to be expanded based on the existing rules. UNIG is a fixed framework for a secure online identification.