Switch Off Diesel – Switch On Renewable

The Indian telecom industry is well placed to lead the nation towards a prosperous low-carbon economic model. Greenpeace challenges the telecom industry to decouple its staggering growth from continued reliance on fossil fuels, dirty diesel in particular, and adopt clean renewable energy as dominant part of energy sourcing. The sector needs to advocate for a business model which relies on energy efficiency measures that harnesses clean energy sources for its operations. At the same time, the sector should also support legislation to stop the climate crisis.

The telecom sector and mobile telephony in particular has caught the imagination of India by revolutionising the way we communicate and share information.  Through its staggering growth, the sector has helped millions to stay connected. This growth, however, has and continues to be at the cost of the climate, powered by an unsustainable and inefficient model of energy generation and usage. Simultaneously, this growth has also resulted in a significant loss to the State exchequer, raising fundamental questions on the future business and operation model of the telecom sector.

Today, Greenpeace released a report called, ‘Dirty Talking? A case for telecom to shift from diesel to renewable’. This report shows how the sector can easily switch to a clean & efficient renewable energy system. This switch will help in combating climate crisis and reducing the energy cost of the sector by 2015. A win for the planet, is a win for the industry.

Read our briefing paper or head over to our new report. Let's switch off diesel.

Cost of electricity per unit in INR / KWh

Electricity Generating Source20112020203020402050
Diesel Generator 18 27.63 30.1 32.65 35.16
Solar Energy 17 5.02 3.7 3.08 2.58
Wind Energy 5.5 2.71 2.23 2.09 2.09
Biomass CHP 4.0 3.56 3.29 2.85 2.58

Related reports:

GP report "Make IT Green": http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/reports/make-it-green-cloud-computing/

Greenpeace Cool IT leaderboard Challenge: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/leaderboard/

TRAI Approach paper on Green Telecom: http://www.trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/trai/upload/Recommendations/131/Green_Telecom-12.04.2011.pdf

Smart 2020 report: http://www.gesi.org/ReportsPublications/Smart2020/tabid/192/Default.aspx

 

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Solar Generation

Press release | May 5, 2006 at 3:30

HYDERABAD, India — There’s something about obvious truths that make them invisible to those in power. For instance, the fact that the ADB refuses to see that by funding coal power projects, they are, in fact, funding climate change. That their...

ADB asked to stop funding dirty energy projects

Press release | May 4, 2006 at 19:07

Thai civil society groups challenged the Asian Development Bank (ADB)to stop funding socially and environmentally harmful projects at its upcoming Annual General Meeting.

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Press release | May 4, 2006 at 3:30

HYDERABAD, India — Borrowing words from a Buddhist tenet Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner that read: “There are only two mistakes one can make in fighting climate change: not starting, and not going all the way!”

Asian Development Bank 39th Annual Meeting Opens in Hyderabad

Press release | May 2, 2006 at 3:30

HYDERABAD, India — Will the ADB Fund Climate Change or Fight It?

Taking global action against global warming

Feature story | December 7, 2005 at 17:19

MONTREAL, Canada — From meeting rooms in Montreal to coal-fired power plants in Germany and Thailand to ports hosting shiploads of illegal nuclear waste, Greenpeace has been in action against global warming around the world in the last two weeks.

Time is Running Out!

Feature story | December 2, 2005 at 8:27

BANGALORE, India — The UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal is underway. The climate summit - the first since the Kyoto Protocol entered into force - opened on the 28th of November, kicking off two weeks of crucial negotiations on climate...

"MoP"-ping Up the Mess!

Feature story | November 28, 2005 at 16:53

BANGALORE, India — When politicians from around the world meet next week to talk about climate change, young people who will have to live with the consequences of their action or inaction will be nearby, ready to give them a nudge in the right...

Enormous climate fig leaf

Feature story | August 17, 2005 at 17:20

Top climate bad guys, the US and Australian governments, have unveiled their own shiny new pact to allegedly save the climate. Our climate guru Stephanie Tunmore exposes the announcement for what it really is.

The renewable energy truck

Image | June 7, 2005 at 16:34

The renewable energy truck

Message from a treetop by Naveen and Sherin

Image | June 7, 2005 at 3:30

Message from a treetop by Naveen and Sherin. While the songs from the trees raised concerns, the van demonstrated some viable alternatives, through the use of renewable energy.

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