Framing the (un)sustainability of AI: Environmental, social & democratic aspects

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Increasingly, the European Commission, businesses and academics perceive the use of digital technologies as fundamental to reaching sustainability goals. In particular, artificial intelligence (AI) is recognized as crucial for enhancing our understanding of the environment, supporting decision-making, and addressing sustainability challenges through increased efficiency and innovative services. However, the growing implementation of AI in various sectors also brings potential negative impacts on sustainability. This chapter explores this duality. First, we analyse ecological sustainability: the impact of AI on the natural or ecological environment. Second, we analyse social or democratic sustainability: the impact of AI on social equality and democracy. In this way, we emphasize strategies to manage the twin transitions in a way that, (1) considers a broad spectrum of related environmental costs, and (2) bolsters democratic governance towards a more sustainable society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Technologies for Sustainable Futures
Subtitle of host publicationPromises and Pitfalls
EditorsChiara Certomà, Fabio Iapaolo, Federico Martellozzo
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003441311
ISBN (Print)9781032578545, 9781032578514
Publication statusSubmitted - 2023


  • sustainability
  • artificial intelligence
  • digitalization
  • governance


Dive into the research topics of 'Framing the (un)sustainability of AI: Environmental, social & democratic aspects'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this