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Sustainable digitalisation refers to the process of digitalising the economy in a long-lasting, green, and organic way. It aims to support and enable Europe’s twin transitions to a green and digital economy by building on its key strength: innovative SMEs and their business ecosystems.

In the long term, the goal of sustainable digitalisation is strengthening European digital sovereignty.

We believe that sustainable digitalisation fundamentally rests on three pillars:

  1. Sustainable B2B digitalisation
  2. Green(er) technologies and a circular economy
  3. An innovation-enabling policy- and regulatory framework
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NEW: European Green Digital Coalition

The European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) is a brand-new initiative by the European Parliament, implemented by the European Commission’s DG CNECT. Its goal is to gather Europe’s top digital and green innovators and start a movement to inspire other companies to follow the path of sustainable digitalisation.

Click here to view the first SME and startup supporter of the Coalition!


Sustainable B2B Digitalisation

A long-term oriented digital transformation that builds on B2B relationships to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem, rather than investing in closed, “off-the-shelf” solutions, which can lead to dependency. Sustainable B2B Digitalisation creates digital skills, fosters innovation "made-in-Europe" and leads to strong digital sovereignty in the future.

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Green(er) Technologies

A digital sector that saves resources, increases efficiency, and allows the repairability and re-use of products. A sustainable, circular, and digital economy will greatly extend the life-cycle of many consumer and industrial products by either completely rethinking manufacturing and production chains or offering maintenance and repair services.

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Innovation-enabling policy & regulation

A holistic approach to rule-making that supports innovation by emphasising software & hardware openness. Open-source software, for instance, allows tech-savvy players to innovate and improve technology. Open hardware does the same for physical products; if devices are unlocked for third-party software, businesses can compete and develop better applications to run on them. European regulators should support openness in software and hardware alike.

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Partner with us!

We will partner with several businesses and other entities over the coming months to shed light on different aspects of sustainable digitalisation. If you are interested in collaborating on this topic, please send an email to office@digitalsme.eu


What is digital sovereignty? European Commission President Von de Leyen refers to “mastery and ownership of key technologies in Europe” in a speech at the European Parliament. In a 2019 paper, we define “digital sovereignty” as the level of autonomy in ICT-related technologies that is required to allow Europe to independently pursue its own interests. Together with their partners, our German member BITMi has gone beyond this definition in their campaign:

Digital sovereignty is the capability to actively shape the digital transition of the state, the economy and society. A European digital economy, which provides hardware, software and digital services for all essential tasks and areas of digitalisation, is a prerequisite for digital sovereignty. By strengthening the supply side, digital sovereignty allows for freedom of choice in a global competition and therefore helps to prevent protectionism.

DIGITAL SME’S new White Paper on Digital Sovereignty lays out a comprehensive definition of digital sovereignty along the whole technology stack: (1) hardware, (2) software, (3) services. Further, it attempts to define “horizontal requirements” that are needed to reach digital sovereignty. This White Paper provided food for thought and for participants to discuss on the topic at our General Assembly 2021.

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