According to reports, the state exchequer losses about Rs 2,600 crore annually due to the telecom sector’s use of diesel generated devices, a Greenpeace report titled Dirty Talking revealed. According to the report built on previous researches shows that at current growth rates, the sector would require 26 billion KWh of electricity and three billion liters of diesel by 2012, contributing to a much larger carbon footprint than previously estimated.
The report talks about energy challenges and its patterns, growing carbon emissions, gives an economic case for telecom sector to shift to renewable energy and also talks about energy policy of top 10 telcos based on climate and energy.
“Renewable energy is cost competitive with diesel. Even the most expensive of renewable energy i.e. solar is cheaper and other sources like wind and biomass are lot cheaper than any fuel,” said Abhishek Pratap, Senior Campaigner Climate and Energy, Greenpeace India.
He said that renewable energy is not only cheaper but it can also provide 24 hours of energy.
The report shows how the sector can become a transformative force by adopting renewable energy for their business operations and advocating economy wide climate and energy solutions. “With growth, the sector’s appetite for energy will increase, making it a significant source of GHG emissions unless the industry adopts and advocates renewable energy use and backs laws to cut global warming,” said Mrinmoy Chattaraj, Climate and Energy campaigner, Greenpeace India and co-author of the report.
According to the report, “The telecom sector in India emitted over 5.6m n tonnes of CO2 in 2008 on as a result of diesel use.Emissions have since risen, and are likely to increase significantly with the sector’s predicted exponential growth over the next few years.”
“A shift in power sourcing to renewable technologies, such as solar photovoltaic, will result in a close to 300 per cent reduction in total costs (CAPEX + OPEX) for telecom operators, in comparison to a diesel generator (DG) based tower over ten years.”
The report states that failure of the industry in disclosing its carbon emissions and committing to reduction of emissions in a public and transparent manner consistently makes them guilty. Similarly, telecom operators are yet to shift the sourcing of their power requirements to renewable sources . The investment required to power the entire network towers in the country by renewable is approximately Rs 1,51,000 crore, which is more economically feasible than diesel based network towers in the longer run.