It has been said that data centers of the telecommunication industry are one of the worst offenders in terms of spending the world’s energy resources. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that in 2006 alone, the data centers in United States ate up 61 billion kWh of energy, which cost operators of the data centers $4. 5 billion (Teal, 2007).
It has been also noted that almost half of the operating expenditures of a network company goes to electricity, while the proportions are much higher for operators in developing areas due to the location of their base stations that are commonly situated in remote locations, thereby requiring the use of generators that are propelled by diesel. The continuous consumption of energy by these telecommunication data centers not only sucks up power resources, but its output also releases heats and unwanted emissions through the atmosphere that specifically heighten climate changes (Bhatti, 2009).
As more and more communication companies are becoming aware of the negative impact of the said practice in the environment, many telecommunication companies are now looking for ways to cut costs and at the same time produce eco-friendly databases by using renewable sources of energy. Many mobile operators are running their base stations in a standard temperature of 35? C which means an ambient amount of air is utilized for cooling which reduces carbon footprint.
In addition to this, leading equipment developers like Ericcson, Nokia, and Siemens have already installed hundreds of data stations that are powered by renewable resources such as solar panels, bio-fuels, and wind turbines, specifically in areas where there is no electricity (Bhatti, 2009). Recycling Materials for Future Devices Another notable initiative of the telecommunication company in support of the green technology is the process of recycling. Nokia, the world’s largest hand-held phone maker, is looking for ways to produce mobile phones from recycled materials which include drink bottles and old tires.
Just recently, Ericsson, which is another leader in the hand-set telecommunication industry, announced their project called “Green Heart,” which is similar to Nokia’s advocacy of using recycled materials for their future devices (Bhatti, 2009). Solar powered mobile phone chargers as degradable retail bags are also some of the pioneered green technologies by the telecommunication industry, specifically that of the Digicell Group (“Digicell Pioneering Green Technology,” 2009). Impact of Green Technology on Global Financial Crisis
Improving the Economy At this critical juncture of global crisis, many people are still skeptic about investing on green technology. However, recent evidences have shown that not only do green technologies ameliorate global warming and clean up environment, they could also help relieve many countries from the current economic malaise. In a recent report released by the United Nations, Germany’s renewable-energy industry that costs $240 billion has already employed 250,000 people and is expected to provide more jobs by 2020.
In Britain, the plan to invest $100 billion on 7,000 wind turbines is expected to produce 160,000 jobs by 2020, and France, which is considered as the blueprint for green technology, has experienced 30 glorious years of phenomenal economic growth after World War II when they decided to reinvent their economy by investing on nuclear-power plants that supply 80% of the country’s electricity (Dickey & McNicoll, 2008). Generate Higher Income for the Telecommunication Industry
In terms of the telecommunications industry, a new market research spearheaded by the Insight Research Corporation discovered that carriers and other providers both in the field of global information and communication technology that bear expansive array of technologies, specifically that of green technology, are more likely to generate over $1 trillion revenue over the next five years just by embarking on clean technologies (Soundararajan, 2008).
Provide Employment More importantly, recognizing green technologies is touted as a vehicle to fill the vacancy left by the declining manufacturing, meaning that there is a wider range of career ladders and good paying careers which are important factors in revitalizing the economy (Sedlik, 2008). As Ananda Rajagopal, product marketing manager of Foundry has noted: “Going green can actually make more economical sense” (cited in Teal, 2007, n. p. ).
However, it should be taken into consideration that the above ideas presented earlier can only be delivered if there is an unprecedented coordination between the government and the business sector, which is achievable in the first place as seen in the case of France. With the growing number of people and companies recognizing the capabilities of green technology, the only thing in question right now is when green technologies would be applied in the global landscape.