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Companies take action to support the green and digital transformation of the EU

26 CEOs of companies have signed a Declaration to support the Green and Digital Transformation of the EU.

They formed a European Green Digital Coalition, committing on behalf of their companies to take action in the following areas:

  • To invest in the development and deployment of greener digital technologies & services that are more energy and material efficient,
  • Develop methods and tools to measure the net impact of green digital technologies on the environment and climate by joining forces with NGOs and relevant expert organisations, and
  • Co-create with representatives of others sectors recommendations and guidelines for green digital transformation of these sectors that benefits environment, society and economy.

The European Green Digital Coalition will help not only the tech sector to become more sustainable, circular and a zero polluter, but also to support sustainability goals of other priority sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture, and construction while contributing to an innovative, inclusive and resilient society. Its members will work closely with the European Commission and others to deliver on their commitments and will report regularly on progress made. In 2022, the first available results and progress reports will be presented. 45 SMEs and startups support the European Green Digital Coalition and many will take the sustainability commitments to join in the near future.

Signatory Companies of the Declaration

The following CEOs signed the Declaration on Digital Day 2021, becoming founding members of the European Green Digital Coalition:

Picture of Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO Europe, Accenture

Jean-Marc Ollagnier, CEO Europe

Accenture 

 

 

Picture of Stegano Cecconi, CEO Aruba

Stefano Cecconi, CEO

Aruba 

 

 

 

Picture of Elie Girard, CEO ATOS

Elie Girard, CEO

ATOS SE 

 

 

Picture of Wojciech Stramski, CEO Beyond.pl

Wojciech Stramski, CEO

Beyond.pl 

 

 

 

Picture of Marcus Villig, CEO Bolt

Markus Villig, CEO

Bolt 

 

 

Picture of Bernard Charlès, CEO and Vice-Chairman, Dassault Systèmes

Bernard Charlès, CEO and Vice-Chairman

Dassault Systèmes  

 

 

 

Picture of Timotheus Hottges, CEO Deutsche Telekom

Timotheus Höttges, CEO

Deutsche Telekom AG 

 

 

Börje Ekholm, CEO, Ericsson

Börje Ekholm, CEO

Ericsson 

 

 

 

Jim Whitehurst, CEO IBM

Jim Whitehurst, President

IBM 

 

 

Mike Fries, CEO Liberty Global

Mike Fries, CEO

Liberty Global  

 

 

 

Brad Smith, President, Microsoft

Brad Smith, President

Microsoft 

 

 

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO Nokia

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO

Nokia 

 

 

 

Miguel Almeida, CEO NOS

Miguel Almeida, CEO

NOS 

 

 

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO Orange

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO

Orange 

 

 

 

Michel Paulin, CEO OVHCloud

Michel Paulin, CEO

OVHCloud 

 

 

 

Guillaume Boutin, CEO Proximus

Guillaume Boutin, CEO

Proximus 

 

 

 

Christian Klein, CEO SAP SE

Christian Klein, CEO

SAP SE 

 

 

Arnaud Brindejonc de Bermingham, President, Scaleway

Arnaud Brindejonc de Bermingham, President

Scaleway 

 

 

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO Schneider Electric

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO

Schneider Electric 

 

 

Carsten and Samuel Waldeck, CEOs, SHIFT GmbH

Carsten and Samuel Waldeck, CEOs

SHIFT GmbH 

 

 

Henrik Clausen, Group CEO & President, TDC Group

Henrik Clausen, Group CEO and President

TDC Group A/S 

 

José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman and CEO, Telefónica

José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman and CEO

Telefónica  

 

Thomas Arnoldner, CEO A1 Telekom Austria Group

Thomas Arnoldner, CEO

A1 Telekom Austria Group 

 

 

Jukka Leinonen, CEO DNA

Jukka Leinonen, EVP, Head of Nordics

Telenor Group

 

 

 

Allison Kirkby, CEO Telia

Allison Kirkby, CEO

Telia Company  

 

 

 

 

Nick Read, CEO Vodafone Group

Nick Read, CEO

Vodafone Group

They also welcomed the Declaration on A Green and Digital Transformation of the EU signed by 24 EU Countries and Norway and Iceland today, and welcome other leaders of companies active in the green digital transformation that have pledged to become climate neutral by 2040 to join them.

Four new members joined the EGDC ahead of the event Leading the Digital Decade.

Background

Climate change and environmental degradation present an existential threat to Europe and the world. Smart use of clean digital technologies can serve as a key enabler for climate action and environmental sustainability. The digital transition and a smarter and greener use of technologies will help make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, a key goal of the European Green Deal. Technology can improve energy and resource efficiency, facilitate the circular economy, lead to a better allocation of resources; reduce emissions, pollution, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation. At the same time, the ICT sector must ensure the environmentally sound design and deployment of digital technologies. Today’s Declarations build on the EU Council conclusions of December 2020 on Digitalisation for the benefit of the environment. A European Parliament Pilot project will support the activities of the European Green Digital Coalition later this year and will be financed and managed by the European Commission.

Many organisations, including DigitalEurope, ETNO, GSMA, GeSI, Digital SME Alliance, Climate neutral datacentres Pact, were instrumental in setting up the European Green Digital Coalition.

For more information

Factsheet: Supporting the green transition

Related documents

Declaration on the European Green Digital Coalition

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