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Estimating the energy saving potential of telecom operators in China

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  • Tian-Jian Yang
  • Yue-Jun Zhang
  • Jin Huang
  • Ruo-Hong Peng

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A set of models are employed to estimate the potential of total energy saved of productions and segmented energy saving for telecom operators in China. During the estimation, the total energy saving is divided into that by technology and management, which are derived from technical reform and progress, and management control measures and even marketing respectively, and the estimating methodologies for energy saving potential of each segment are elaborated. Empirical results from China Mobile indicate that, first, the technical advance in communications technology accounts for the largest proportion (70%-80%) of the total energy saved of productions in telecom sector of China. Second, technical reform brings about 20%-30% of the total energy saving. Third, the proportions of energy saving brought by marketing and control measures appear relatively smaller, just less than 3%. Therefore, China's telecom operators should seize the opportunity of the revolution of communications network techniques in recent years to create an advanced network with lower energy consumption.

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  • Tian-Jian Yang & Yue-Jun Zhang & Jin Huang & Ruo-Hong Peng, 2012. "Estimating the energy saving potential of telecom operators in China," CEEP-BIT Working Papers 37, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEP), Beijing Institute of Technology.
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    Energy saving potential; telecom operator; China;
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    • Q40 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - General

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