Discuss & Networking Green technologies

HAN 25.11.2022 Grüne Technologie © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Fri., 25.11.2022, 5:00 pm. | Registration: 4:30 pm.

Online Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Opportunities and challenges for sustainable digitalization working for climate

Free registration to participate


This event offers an open space for stakeholders from different sectors to discuss the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies offer to address societal challenges such as climate change. In particular, it is a chance to explore the opportunities of green entrepreneurship and digital technologies for climate change mitigation in Vietnam.

In our time, the digital and sustainable transformation of societies are two defining processes. Digitalisation is often framed as a tool for sustainable development. Green technologies are considered the ones that provide innovative solutions to challenges in environmental protection, resource conservation and energy. However, they have also been associated with rebound effects such as increased energy consumption.

What opportunities and risks does digitalisation hold for sustainable development in general and the fight against climate change in particular? Will digitalisation lead to a smart green world in which everyone benefits from technological progress? Or is there no such thing as green growth and digital technologies will only exceed our planetary boundaries and climate protection goals?

The event is organised as part of the Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation (SET) research project, which addresses issues at the intersection of digital technologies and sustainability through different formats of research and knowledge transfer. In Vietnam, the focus of the SET project has been on conducting a research sprint "Green Technology, Entrepreneurship & Climate" in collaboration with the GIZ Digital Transformation Centers in Vietnam and Mexiko. Therefore, the German Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) brings together an international group of 11 interdisciplinary expert researchers.


Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) in Berlin, Germany: was founded in 2011 to research the development of the internet from a societal perspective and better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life.

Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.


Dr. Georg von Richthofen
Georg von Richthofen © Private Dr. Georg von Richthofen ist Senior Researcher in der Forschungsgruppe Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society research group at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and lead of the research project Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation. His research focuses on three areas: digitalisation and changing nature of work; AI, digital entrepreneurship and sustainability; and consumer behaviour, management, and wellbeing in the sharing economy.

Assoc. Prof, PhD. Hoang Anh Tuan
Hoang Anh Tuan © Private Assoc. Prof, PhD. Hoang Anh Tuan is Vice President and Associate Professor at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology with a research focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management.
Do Van Nguyet
Do Van Nguyet © Private Do Van Nguyet is the founder and director of Live & Learn for Environment and Community, a Vietnamese NGO. Her NGO has been widely recognized as an innovative organization in youth development, climate change education and active multi-stakeholders engagement for addressing air pollution and urban environmental management.
Hoang Duc Vuong
Hoang Duc Vuong © Private Hoang Duc Vuong is the Chairman of VietCycle Corporation, with more than 20 years of experience in the plastic waste collection and recyclying industry. He is also a member of the Working Group of the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, involved in EPR policy development.
Ngo Thi To Nhien
Ngo Thi To Nhien 300 © Private Ngo Thi To Nhien holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Informatics from Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam, a Master’s Degree in Energy System and Management from the University of Flensburg in Germany. She has more than 15 years of experience working as an independent consultant for energy projects funded by the World Bank, EU, UN, ADB, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Her professional activities focus on energy economics, energy modeling, energy policy, and assessment of low carbon energy technologies. She was involved in develop the potential maps of renewable energy for Vietnam and develop RE policy. Currently, she is working for the Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIET), the first think-tank in Vietnam that specialized in energy transition policy and climate protection, as an Executive Director.


Christian Grauvogel
Christian Grauvogel © Private Christian Grauvogel is the Head of Dialogue and Knowledge Transfer at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), and the Project Coordinator in the research and transfer project Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Global Digital Transformation (SET).