Issue Paper under Task 3 from the “Service contract on future EU environment policy”

Impacts of the digital transformation on the environment and sustainability

This paper reviews findings on the (potential) impacts of the digitalisation (or “digital transformation”) on the environment, with a focus on non-energy impacts. This decision was deliberate for the purpose of this issue paper since the evidence base on link between digitalisation and energy use or greenhouse gas emission is much wider and well documented already whereas this is not the case for other environmental pressures, impacts and opportunities.