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Ethical Dimensions of Digitalisation In The Energy Sector

Luka Martin Tomažič
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM

The soaring energy prices in connection with the international politico-economic situation and the regulative activities of the European legislators have once more highlighted the importance of the stability and competitiveness of the energy sector. This paper will deal with the pressing need for digitalisation and its ethical implications for this important economic branch. A framework for understanding the ethics of digital transformation in the energy sector will be proposed. The starting point of the investigation will be the meta-principle of sustainable development, which consists of the notions of sustainable use of energy, intergenerational equity, intragenerational equity and the integration of environmental protection in developmental aspirations. The influence of digitalisation on each of the proposed elements of the meta-principle will be analysed, taking into account the complex interplay of utilitarian concerns, liberty and the common good. Proposals will be made and potential pitfalls of the digitalisation process will be emphasized.



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