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The Eco-Digital EraTM research

Report from the Capgemini Research Institute

The Eco-Digital EraTM: The dual transition to a sustainable and digital economy

Since the proliferation of smartphones and social media in the late 2000s, digital has captured an increasingly large portion of the economy. In this Capgemini Research Institute report, The Eco-Digital EraTM: The dual transition to a sustainable and digital economy, developed in collaboration with the Digital Value Lab at the Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard, we delve in-depth into the digital economy and how, in addition to its business benefits, it has the potential to provide significant environmental and social value.

While the online economy has become a key component of all business activity, there are reasons to believe that what we’ve seen so far is just scratching the surface. E-commerce, electric vehicles, and most recently AI are all areas where, with relatively low adoption but high growth and demand, we can see the untapped potential of digital waiting to be fully realized.

Notably, we are seeing a dual transition towards digital and sustainability emerging, in which sustainability efforts will be supported by a shift toward digital. Showcasing this relationship, digital technologies are expected to contribute more than one-fifth, and up to one-third, of the GHG emissions reduction required by the Paris Agreement by 2030, illustrating their importance to sustainability transformation.

With the eco-digital economy including benefits that extend well beyond improvement in core business activities, it’s imperative for leaders to have a vision for digital transformation at their organizations going forward. As part of this report, we evaluate how organizations can harness the opportunities created by the emerging eco-digital economy, covering digital strategy, cybersecurity, sustainability, and more.

Download our report to find out more about the eco-digital economy and its far-reaching impact.

Meet our experts

Jiani Zhang

EVP and Chief Software Officer, Capgemini Engineering
As the Capgemini Software Engineering leader, Jiani has proven a track record for supporting organizations of all sizes to drive business growth through software. With over 15 years of experience in the IT and Software industry, including strategy and consulting, she has helped business transform to compete in today’s digital landscape.

Sally Epstein

Director of Tech Investments, Cambridge Consultants

Noemie Lauer

Global Head Sustainability, Capgemini Invent
Noemie leads our Sustainability teams across Capgemini Invent, empowering organizations to thrive in the next economy through sustainable business transformation. With expertise from strategy to execution, she collaborates closely with clients, seamlessly integrating consulting, design, science, data, technology, and engineering. Noemie is dedicated to accelerating the transition to a more sustainable world, supporting clients to thrive in this ever changing business landscape.

Nicolas Rousseau

Chief digital and manufacturing officer, Capgemini Engineering | Group Offer Leader, Intelligent Products & Services | Executive Vice-President
Nicolas Rousseau enables the intelligent industry. He brings his holistic view on technologies and business to work with companies to successfully imagine, build and operate new products and services. He has helped businesses transform, orient their R&D, reinvent their manufacturing and run customer experiences across the globe, in all industries.

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