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Topic and objectives

This conference focuses on the economic impact of ICT on innovation and environmental sustainability as well as on resulting implications for competitiveness and policy. The main theme of the morning sessions is “ICT and sustainability”, the main theme of the afternoon “ICT and industrial policy”. You can find a PDF version of the programme here. The conference convenes professionals who are confronted with these issues in their work. The conference addresses in particular:

  • policy makers, notably in the fields of industrial, innovation, environmental and information society policy, at European, national and regional levels;
  • business and industry association representatives, both from ICT-producing and ICT-using industries;
  • business advisors and ICT consultants;
  • researchers in economics, socio-economic and ICT-related disciplines.

The conference is organised by the European Commission's "Sectoral e-Business Watch" programme. Results of the 2009 studies of this programme will be presented and discussed. It is the sixth e-Business Watch Conference, first organised in 2002.


The studies presented and discussed at the conference confirm the enabling role of ICT for innovation. The e-Business Watch studies also suggest a significant link between ICT use and greenhouse gas emissions intensity. Furthermore, the e-Business Watch also points at important issues for industrial policy, which may be related to supporting ICT-producing industries as well as ICT adoption in ICT-using industries.

Please find a summary of the conference here.