Digital action = Climate action: 8 ideas to accelerate the twin transition

“It is clearer than ever that we urgently need to take bold actions to counter the global existential threat of climate change and to promote a green economic recovery!

Together, Europe has set an ambitious target of reducing our emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. If we are serious about reaching that goal, we governments, businesses and citizens need to think digital.”

Eight ideas on acceleration of the twin transition:

  1. Set ambitious key performance indicators for the twin transition
  2. Promote data cooperation on sustainability
  3. Boost infrastructure & connectivity
  4. Develop international standards for measuring digital enablement and carbon footprint
  5. Increase access to funding for research, development and innovation spending in green technologies
  6. Launch a continent-wide drive for green tech skills
  7. Strengthen the link between digital and green policies
  8. Create sector-specific action plans to facilitate uptake of digital across Europe’s most energy intensive sectors

“Natural disasters and resource scarcity, like limited access to clean water and agricultural land, will lead to security risks and unrest. These challenges are not national but international by nature. It is our common responsibility towards future generations to do what it takes to protect the environment. It is also our common duty to create a strong and competitive European economy, where people have the means to develop and put into practice innovative solutions that we need.”

Got interested? Read the full post from Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl here .

Much more details on the eight ideas can be read in the report DIGITALEUROPE – download a copy here.

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Not all startups need outside investment to grow. Interested? Keep reading the article on LinkedIn here.

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David hopes to influence change in funding startups, as he believes that it should be based on evidence rather than emotion. Keep reading here.

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Read the full article here.

The 10 Things NOT To Do When Pitching a Venture Capitalist

This blog (follow this link to the complete / original post) is really a neat overview of things to keep in mind when pitching to a VC. It is actually complementing a previous post: “This article is […] about what I’ve learned pitching venture capitalists for Ellevest. While one might be tempted to try to avoid the VC path – and there are an increasing number of ways for entrepreneurs to raise money, such as angel groups and crowdfunding – for now, if you’re raising above a certain amount, you’re going to have to go the venture capital route. And I’m hoping that maybe – just maybe – VCs will work to up their game with women entrepreneurs, and so there will be greater funding opportunities. Some already are.”