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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The renewable energy truck

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The renewable energy truck

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The Answer's Blowing In The Wind

Feature story | May 10, 2005 at 3:30

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Press release | May 9, 2005 at 18:39

BHUBANESHWAR, India — Greenpeace today hailed the Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (OERC) recent order directing GRIDCO and other electricity distribution licensees and trading companies in the state to compulsorily purchase 200 million...

Greenpeace petitions the OERC for Renewable Energy Uptake

Feature story | April 8, 2005 at 3:30

BHUBANESWAR, India — The Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) today heard the petition and arguments filed by Greenpeace, to ensure minimum of 10 percent of uptake of electricity from Renewable Energy sources in the state.

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Publication | April 5, 2005 at 3:30

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Feature story | January 2, 2005 at 4:30

As the year 2005 begins, it is time for us to take stock of the year that was, and bring you the highlights of our work and our victories. Although the Tsunami disaster has quite literally dwarfed everything else for now, it is nonetheless...

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Feature story | December 14, 2004 at 4:30

UNALASKA, United States — Fifteen years after the Exxon Valdez devastated the Alaskan coast, another oil spill is making headlines. Greenpeace is on the scene.

Solar Lanterns Light Up Lives of Young Survivors of Bhopal Disaster

Press release | September 9, 2004 at 3:30

BHOPAL, India — The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) today launched Project Chirag an income-generation initiative for young survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster. The ICJB has decided on having “hope” and...

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Feature story | September 9, 2004 at 3:30

Hurricane devastation in the US, flash floods in Japan and a UK village washed into the sea. As climate change gathers pace, devastation caused by extreme weather is becoming more common. Take a visual tour of storm and flood destruction.

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