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Thematic Event: Digitalisation – Climate Killer or Climate Protector?

2nd November 2021, 18:00 - 21:30


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This is a joint event between the One Planet Lab and GreenBuzz Zurich and is part of digital days events on digital innovation by Digital Day Switzerland.

Technology will continue to transform our lives, and the growth of businesses will depend upon it. Digitalisation has seen a huge jump triggered by the Covid crisis. Millions of businesses around the world have transformed and digitized at a hyper pace. But where there’s light there’s usually dark, too. So what are the good and the bad sides of this megatrend?

As digitalisation is developing rapidly, so is the demand for energy and valuable resources. The power for our smartphones, streaming services and social networks has so far mainly come from fossil fuels. Some estimate that in just a few years, the digital industry will cause more carbon emissions worldwide than all motorised traffic. In fact, it already accounts for 4% of global carbon emissions.

But technology doesn’t have to be a climate killer. It can also be used as a force for good, and digitalisation can substantially help in promoting climate change mitigation. For example, digital solutions enable the shared economy, help curb emissions that would otherwise happen through business trips or make agricultural practices more efficient and sustainable.

So on the occasion of Digital Day Switzerland 2021, we are asking how digitalisation can be a force for good, a driver for innovation, and go hand in hand with sustainability instead of harming the environment.

We will hear from industry leaders and sustainably-oriented entrepreneurs who are all working towards making Switzerland a notable digital innovation hub.

Join our discussion on November 2nd, for which the up and coming tech start up Smallpdf are opening their doors to us, and get inspired!


18:00 – 18:30 Registration

18:30 – 18:45 Welcome by GreenBuzz, Smallpdf & One Planet Lab

18:45 – 18:50 Introduction into the Topic by our Moderator Simon Sudbury

18:50 – 19:00 Speaker Input by Carmen M. Sprus, Supervising Associate at EY Carbon

19:00 – 19:10 Speaker Input by Ivan Flinch, Co-responsible of scientific commitee at Institut du Numérique Responsable suisse and Founder of Canopé 

19:10 – 19:20 Speaker Input by Res Witschi, Delegate for Sustainable Digitalisation at Swisscom

19:20 – 19:40 Discussion based on Audience Questions

19:45 – 19:55 Digital Innovations – Lucie Rein, CEO at Sharely

20:00 – 20:10 Digital Innovations – Stephanie Feeney, Head of Partnerships at Restor

20:10 – 21:30 Apero / Buzzing

This event will follow the ‘GGG’ Covid concept:
At this event  we require a Covid certificate from all guests upon entry. Please show the official certificate with QR code and an official ID at the entrance. Information on the certificate or the possibility of reordering can be found here. A certificate from an anti-gene rapid test is valid for 48 hours. The available test locations can be found here.

Please find more information on our Schutzkonzept here.


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