Digitize for Sustainability

Concluding seminar for 17 November 21st 2017

Published Nov 24, 2017

For ten years the Centre for Sustainable Communications (CESC), at KTH Royal Institute for Technology, has contributed with research on how the sustainable society can be helped by digitization. With a combination of academia, societal stakeholders and the business sector the centre has created understanding and knowledge.

The rapid digitization of society creates challenges, but also great opportunities to use digital tools to solve concrete environmental and societal problems. At CESC’s closing seminar on November the 21st 2017 the participants were invited to take part of a whole day of interesting insights into the work of researchers, societal stakeholders and company representatives.

“When we started ten years ago it felt like the business people and the researchers were quite far apart from each other when it came to, for example, the amount of time it would take to produce results” Catherine Karagianni, Environmental Officer, Telia, Chairman CESC said. “But we have come closer to each other and achieved amazing results.”

Politics is also an important factor and Mikael Ljungblom, Political Expert with the Minister of Digitalization Peter Eriksson, discussed two new research programs that include digitization and sustainability – Mistra SAMS and Viable Cities at KTH. Mistra SAMS is a multidisciplinary research program with innovative research on mobility and accessibility in the urban environment. In Viable Cities the focus is on strategic innovation programs for smart and sustainable cities.

During the day different perspectives on city traffic, life cycle analysis, transporting of goods and people as well as how municipalities can use digitization to create successful environmental strategies were presented. Using IT and digitization is a prerequisite for creating sustainable cities and society, and research will continue in new projects also when CESC now is terminated.

“It has been very exciting to be the director of CESC! It has meant hard and inspiring work to bring people from completely different research areas together – such as community planning and media technology – and people from very different organizations – such as IT-companies, universities and municipalities. Our perhaps most important contribution from CESC is that we’ve focused on what we are going to do with the tools of digitization. The need for this focus became apparent during the panel discussion with the Minister for Digitization Peter Eriksson, Mats Pellbäck Sharp from Ericsson and Magnus Leonhardt from Telia” concluded Mattias Höjer, professor and director of CESC.

About CESC

The Centre for Sustainable Communications has been an interdisciplinary research environment for ten years, situated at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It provides a forum for knowledge exchange and collaboration between industry, the public sector and research. Together with its partners, CESC conducts innovative research on ICT for sustainability aiming to contribute to a change of society in a sustainable direction.

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