IGF 2023 Open Forum #133 Accelerating an Inclusive Energy Transition

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (05:00 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (06:00 UTC)
WS 7 – Room K

Digital Technologies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Panel - 60 Min


In this session, we will delve into the global shift towards clean energy and highlight the crucial role played by emerging technologies in enabling this transition. Recognizing the potential of these emerging technologies to accelerate the energy transition, we will emphasize the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the deployment thereof.   With our increasing reliance on natural energy sources, we are faced with the challenge of effectively matching supply and demand. In some areas, these sources are not consistently available, while in others, energy may be abundant. As energy grids are struggling to meet the growing demand for electricity, digital technologies – particularly artificial intelligence (AI) – present opportunities to balance the energy grid. While AI can support the energy transition, the sustainability of AI itself should also be accounted for. To encourage the adoption of sustainable AI as a driving force behind the energy transition, accessibility of knowledge and resources is vital. Our discussions will revolve around the ethical dimensions, social impact and best practices to ensure that the international adoption of emerging technologies in the energy sector fosters inclusivity and bridges the development gap. Join us as we explore innovative approaches that promote equitable and sustainable growth in the context of the global energy transition.

Interaction between online and offline participants will be facilitated through the active involvement of both moderators. The online moderator should actively ask questions in the chat to the online participants in order to engage them in the discussions and make them feel encouraged to share their voice. Additionally, we will use Mentimeter to get a sense of what people joining the session think on statements related to the use of emerging technologies in enhancing an inclusive energy transition.


Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Alisa Heaver, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Government, WEOG Marjolijn Bonthuis, NLIGF, Civil Society, WEOG Hannah Boute, Electronic Commerce Platform Netherlands (ECP), Civil Society, WEOG Dorijn Boogaard, NLIGF, Civil Society, WEOG


Alex de Joode, AMS-ix, Technical Community, WEOG Hannah Boute, ECP | Platform for the Information Society, Civil Society, WEOG Maarten botterman, ICANN, Technical Community, WEOG Abadura, shemsu Jihad, Kotebe University of Education, Government, African Group (to be confirmed) Ruiqi Ye, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group (to be confirmed)

Onsite Moderator

Alisa Heaver

Online Moderator

Marjolijn Bonthuis


Dorijn Boogaard



Targets: This session related to both SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. The use of emerging technologies to accelerate the energy transition is crucial to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix as well as improvements in energy efficiency. Especially SDG 7.3a and b are in line with this session's focus, aiming to enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy and technology and expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services dor all-in developing countries. Therefore, the topic of fostering an inclusive energy transition is in line with the goal of affordable and clean energy. Furthermore, this session also supports SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals by emphasizing the importance of cooperation, knowledge exchange, and accessibility of environmentally sound technologies.