Digitalization has been accompanied by ever increasing energy and resource consumption, as well as global production and consumption patterns that place an even greater burden on ecosystems. Technical innovation surges do not automatically translate into sustainability transformations, but must be closely coupled with sustainability guidelines and policies.
Only if digital change and the Transformation towards Sustainability are constructively interlinked can we make progress with climate-change mitigation, Earth-system protection and human development, and with successfully protecting human dignity. Without formative political action, digital change risks further increasing resource and energy consumption and exacerbating damage to both the environment and the climate. Furthermore, uncontrolled digital change threatens to undermine important foundations of our democracies. It is therefore an urgent political priority to create the conditions needed to place digitalization at the service of sustainable development.