Sustainable digital mobility: Why Uber hurts public transport – Interview

Fighting congestion is a worldwide challenge. But the claim “more car sharing, less traffic” has come under scrutiny lately. In the interview with 2025AD, Tilman Santarius explains why self-driving vehicles are dangerously data intensive, and what other digital soluations provide better opportunities for an sustainable mobility revolution.

The Dark Side of Digitalisation – Interview

According to a report by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, digital technologies can reduce greenhouse gases by 16% globally until 2030. But is glittering digitalisation really all gold? To what extent can it really contribute to a society that is environmentally and socially more sustainable? In this interview in RenewablesMatter, Tilman Santarius shows the potential for efficiency improvements and environmental opportunitites of digital technologies. But he also detects some pitfalls and risks, including rebound effects and other impacts that make certain digital technologies work against sustainability goals.

Digitalization, Efficiency and the Rebound Effect

Since the very beginning of modern growth-critique, the mainstream response to this critique has always been: “Well, we can grow the limits by making things ever more efficient”. Now, with the shiny user interface of the ongoing digital revolution, the holy grail of the efficiency revolution gets yet another new finish: By digitalizing almost every aspect of production and consumption we can increase our efficiency even more. However, in reality digitalization generates highly ambivalent effects on energy and resource consumption. Therefore, it needs a to be clearly embedded into social and environmental goals. See here the blog post by Tilman Santarius on degrwoth.de.