Greening and Digitising the next phase of the EU recovery

This episode of the HPE & Forum Europe RRF series turns its attention to the issue of sustainability, more specifically the overlap between sustainability and digitisation. In Q3 the Commission is expected to present its implementing report on the RRF. Given that this report will include an assessment on whether Member States are meeting the requirement that a minimum of 20% of expenditure is dedicated to digital and another 37% to green transition objectives, this event will provide an opportunity to demonstrate how digital investments can also be green investments.

Furthermore in the context of RePowerEU, Member States will at this time be required to include new chapters in RRF proposals related to sustainability, energy efficiency, circular economy, etc. This will prove pivotal as payment requests will continue to be sent for assessment to the Commission during this period.

This event will focus on the opportunities offered by ICT products such as EaaS to improve resource efficiency, significantly reduce overall expenditure on digital infrastructure, all while ensuring high performance quality and data security. This all comes at a time when there will be increased focus on the issue of green public procurement, as the EU institutions continue their work on developing regulation and criteria for green ICT.


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Welcome & Keynotes

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Panel Discussion and Q&A


15:45 – 16:00

Platform Opens 

16:00 – 16:05

Welcome Remarks

16:05 – 16:15

Keynote Speech

Monica Batchelder

Monica Batchelder
Chief Sustainability Officer, HPE

16:15 – 16:25

Keynote Speech

Marian Piecha

Marian Piecha
Deputy Minister in charge of EU Funds and Digital Economy, Czech Ministry of Industry & Trade

16:25 – 17:25

Panel Discussion: How can policymakers and the ICT sector work together to ensure that the digitisation of public services can also contribute towards achieving climate neutrality? To what extent have current RRF investments on digital infrastructure in Member States also been green investments, and what steps can Member States take to make their digital investments more sustainable?

Paul Adamson

Moderated by: Paul Adamson
Partner & Chairman, Forum Europe | Forum Global

Karsten Krause

Dr. Karsten Krause
Head of Sector, Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), European Commission

Johanna Juselius

Johanna Juselius
Special Assistant working on Climate and Environmental Policy, EU and Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Transport & Communications (Finland)

Chiara Selvetti

Chiara Selvetti
Director Sustainable Business, Atea 

Jostein Birkeland

Jostein Birkeland
Sustainability Consulting Technologist, HPE

17:25 – 17:30

Closing Remarks


Event Platform

This event will take place online, using Forum Europe’s virtual solutionFor more details on our virtual solution, please visit


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact the team.

Lorena Rodriguez
Event Manager
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2922 338 311