Written Question: Environmental impact of increased digitalisation in the context of Recovery and Resilience Facility reforms and investments

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002600/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Gunnar Beck (ID)

Subject: Environmental impact of increased digitalisation in the context of Recovery and Resilience Facility reforms and investments      

According to the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) regulation, investments in digital technologies should respect the principle of energy efficiency(1). As reported by an international study(2), digital technologies now cause more CO2 emissions and have a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry.

1. Has the Commission studied the climate impact of at least 20 % of RRF investment in digitalisation?

2. How will it make sure that the vast investments in digitalisation under the RRF remain in line with the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050?

3. How will it assess the national recovery and resilience plans to ensure that the proposed investments in digitalisation respect the principle of energy efficiency and the EU’s climate neutrality targets?

(1) Recital 12 of the RRF Regulation, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R0241

(2) https://theshiftproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Lean-ICT-Report_The-Shift-Project_2019.pdf

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