Transformation Roadmap Digitalization and Sustainability

Shaping digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI) in a sustainable way is essential for a social-ecological transformation of economy and society. However, the knowledge base required for this as well as an orientation framework for strategic research and environmental policy are not yet sufficiently developed. Against this background, the project "Transformation Roadmap Digitalization and Sustainability" addresses existing research gaps, identifies unconsidered interactions between digitalization and sustainability, and develops knowledge relevant to decision-making and action for politics, business and society.
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Transformation Roadmap Digitalization and Sustainability
2020 - 2023
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie gGmbH


To this end, the project builds on the debates on the ambivalent relationship between digitalization and sustainability as well as on the current state of knowledge in relevant subject areas.  In up to ten research lines, central aspects for an environmental policy to shape the digital transformation will be examined in greater depth. The high innovation dynamics of digitalization and its rapid diffusion into the economy and society requires new formats and a strategic orientation of research and science organization. In order to achieve this, the project develops innovative approaches to collaborative research and exploration of new subject areas. At the core of this is the targeted integration of a large number of relevant stakeholders and knowledge carriers into a dynamic research network. In this way, the project generates insights into existing issues and at the same time can flexibly take up current developments.

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They project is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) according to a ruling by the German Bundestag. The BMU will be financing the project from May 2020 to April 2023 as part of the following funding line: Artificial intelligence measures: "AI lighthouse projects for the environment, climate, nature and resources" (funding codes: 67KI2073A and 67KI2073B).



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