Data Sustainability in the Age of AI

1 February 2022

Data Sustainability in the Age of AI

Co-organized by the Brussels Privacy Hub and within the Course on “Data Sustainability” at EDHEC Business School,  the event will take place online (on EDHEC based Collaborate platform) on Monday 14 February 2022 from 10.30 to 12.00 (Brussels time)


The sustainability of AI solutions is inextricably linked with the way they process data. To be really trustworthy and human-centric, AI needs to align with those principles grounding sustainable data processing, including the idea of using –  and sharing –  more accurate and pertinent data. At the same time, AI-based solutions are considered, perhaps too optimistically, the cornerstone of the green transition in the European Union. Even the proposal for an Artificial intelligence Act endorses this approach. In this event, we will discuss how the data and environmental dimensions embedded in the idea of “sustainable AI” interact, with the objective to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of this concept. 

During the event, our distinguished speakers and participants will share their perspectives on the nuances that the ideas of “sustainable AI” and “data sustainability in the AI industry” may assume. They will reflect upon the synergies between data and environmental sustainability goals, discussing to which extent data sustainability could drive the development of greener AI solutions.


Guiding questions for the discussion will be: What should be the characteristics of sustainable AI? Is AI really environmentally friendly? How can data minimization, storage limitation, purpose limitation, privacy by design, and other principles on sustainable data processing enhance the environmental sustainability of AI solutions?


Speakers & Agenda

10.30 – 10.40: Introductory remarks by Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri (Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB, EDHEC)

10.40 – 11.30: Roundtable discussion moderated by Alessandra Calvi (Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB, CYU)


  • Prof. Ben Wagner (TU Delft & Inholland) tbc
  • Christian D’Cunha (DG Connect)
  • Ivana Bartoletti (Wipro)

11.30 – 11.55: Q&A with the audience

11.55 – 12.00: Concluding remarks by Prof. Gianclaudio Malgieri (Brussels Privacy Hub, VUB, EDHEC)

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