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Climate Change: the Contribution of Telecommunications

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  • Ewan SUTHERLAND

    (Research Associate, LINK Centre)

Abstract

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.

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  • Ewan SUTHERLAND, 2009. "Climate Change: the Contribution of Telecommunications," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(76), pages 61-76, 4th quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs7603
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    Cited by:

    1. Coomonte, Rafael & Feijóo, Claudio & Ramos, Sergio & Gómez-Barroso, José-Luis, 2013. "How much energy will your NGN consume? A model for energy consumption in next generation access networks: The case of Spain," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 981-1003.
    2. Galvin, Ray, 2015. "The ICT/electronics question: Structural change and the rebound effect," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 120(C), pages 23-31.

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    Keywords

    climate change; energy efficiency; green house gases; telecommunications.;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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