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Monday, December 17, 2012

The Global Footprint of Mobile Communications: The Ecological and Economic Perspective


This article quantifies the global carbon footprint of mobile communication systems, and discusses its ecological and economic implications. READ THE ATTACHED PRESENTATION.


The increasing demand for wireless services and ubiquitous access, however, comes to the mobile communications industry at the price of a sizable carbon footprint. 


The whole information and communication technology (ICT) sector has been estimated to represent about 2 percent of global CO2 emissions, a fraction comparable to that of global aviation, and about 1.5 percent of global CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions in 2007. This study estimates the corresponding figure for mobile networks to be 0.2 and 0.4 percent of the global CO2e emissions in 2007 based on projections from analysts Gartner and ABI Research. Estimates of characteristic figures for the period 2015 to 2020 are based on modeling and extrapolation of current trends conducted as part of the EARTH project.




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