‘Twin Transition’ still in very early phase


Björn Jindra co-authored a report for the European Commission on the development of digital sustainability technologies. The authors argue that the so called ‘twin transition’, based on the integration of green and digital technologies, is still in an early phase. Digital sustainability inventions concentrate on merely 403 top R&D investor companies globally, which account jointly for 65% of all digital sustainability patents in the observation period. However, these digital sustainability patents represent only 1.6% of all patent filings and 14.1% of all sustainable patents by the top-R&D investors. Despite the fact that the European R&D scoreboard companies lead in many specialisations in technologies relevant to the deployment of digital sustainability inventions, they lag behind in terms of output.