Climate Change: The Contribution of Telecommunications
University of Witwatersrand, LINK Centre; University of Namur, CRIDS
November 30, 2009
Communications & Strategies, No. 76, pp. 61-76, 4th Quarter 2009
Global targets for reductions in green house gas emissions require that all economic sectors take stock and then act to limit and to reduce their contributions to climate change. Telecommunications is no exception and while it can help other sectors make savings, the expansion of and growing intensity of use greatly increases the attributable emissions. These arise from a wide range of inputs, including travel and transportation, energy to power and to cool equipment. While reporting at the level of corporations has improved, it is neither consistent nor complete. For consumers and businesses there are almost no data on the various services they buy that might inform their own decision making and their own reporting of emissions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: climate change, energy efficiency, green house gases, telecommunications
JEL Classification: N5, N7, l96working papers series
Date posted: December 30, 2009
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