The resource consumption of digitalisation is optimised

Switzerland's inhabitants are being informed about the opportunities and risks of digitalisation in relation to the consumption of resources. The life span of digitalised products must be extended, not deliberately shortened. Consideration must be given as early as the design stage to their possible re-use, recyclability and, where necessary, disposal. The potential economies of increased efficiency must be realised and not lost as a result of higher consumption at a different location. For a significant reduction of resource consumption and the associated environmental impact, however, there is an increased need for a holistic approach, particularly within the areas of nutrition, housing and mobility which are especially relevant to the environment. The opportunities and resource consumption of digital developments must be taken into consideration. The state, the private sector, science and society as a whole are needed in order to develop solutions which make a good life possible within the limits of the planet's resilience.