The Internet industry – operators of digital infrastructures, services and business models – is a key industry and growth engine of our time. Its importance for the entire economy is steadily expanding, and its revenue volume in the European economic and financial zone has grown in recent years. More than ever before, we can say: The future is digital.
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Are European data centres ready for the climate targets of the EU Green Deal? And which best practices can already be tapped into in order to both harness technological development potential, and to derive recommendations for political action for data centres of the future? A study commissioned by the eco Association for the Alliance for Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, undertaken by the Borderstep Institute and supported by the Vodafone Institute, provides a wealth of information in this regard.
Regardless of which coalition will govern Germany in the next four years, it must make a holistic, well thought-out and consistent digital policy strategy the guiding principle of its policies. eco Chair Oliver Süme is convinced that digital policy must be the common thread of the coalition agreement because digitalization is the key to tackling the biggest challenges of the coming years.