Wednesday June 20, 2012

Mobile’s Green Manifesto

Mobile’s Green Manifesto 2012 outlines the positive impact of the operator initiatives in energy and carbon management. An update on the 2009 report, it highlights the initial results from the GSMA’s Mobile Energy Efficiency (MEE) initiative as well as progress around mobile’s enabling role.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Mobile has the potential to enable much greater emissions savings of at least 900 million tonnes CO2e in 2020 which is 1.7 per cent of the global 2020 GHG emissions forecast by the International Energy Agency in its “business-as-usual” scenario and five times the mobile industry’s emissions.
  • Analysis of 34 mobile networks worldwide shows total network energy consumption increased only slightly from 2009 to 2010, despite considerable growth in mobile connections and traffic.
  • Total energy per unit traffic declined by approximately 20 per cent and energy per connection declined by five per cent, from 2009 to 2010.
  • Currently 26 million mobile M2M connections worldwide are enabling greenhouse gas emission savings estimated to be about three million tones of CO2e annually.

The report uses data and analysis from the MEE Benchmarking service to calculate the energy costs and the CO2e emissions that result from the electricity and diesel consumption of mobile networks globally. The analysis shows if all networks with above-average energy consumption were improved to the industry average, there is a potential energy cost saving for mobile operators of $1 billion annually at 2010 prices – and improving to levels of the top quartile could save more than $2 billion a year.

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