Products and services that reduce GHG emissions

Products and services that reduce GHG emissions

The ICT sector is responsible for the 2% of global GHG emissions at 2007 (SMART 2020 report1). At the same time it is widely accepted that significant emissions reductions can be enabled through ICT applications in other sectors of the economy:

  • The installation of new telecommunication equipment for the development of new technologies (NG - SDH, ΕTHERNET, IP, etc.) leads to a reduction of energy consumption as construction practices adopted are focusing on reduced electricity consumption and air-conditioning requirements.
  • Infrastructure development and broadband expansion will guarantee new, faster ways of communication, employment and exchange of information with indirect positive effects on environmental protection and GHG emissions reduction due to reduced transportation needs. The provision of services implemented through video – conference, internet services, VLANs contribute to this direction as well as the broader implementation of the SIZEFXIS program and its expansion (SIZEFXIS ΙΙ). According to the SMART 2020 report, tele- and videoconferencing could reduce emissions by 80 Mt CO2 eq up to 2020, due to the reduced transportation activity.
    • In 2010 there were 420 audio-conferences and 110 video-conferences for the operational needs of OTE. It is estimated that these teleconferences resulted in the avoidance of GHG emissions corresponding to 5% of the GHG emissions from the OTE owned vehicles fleet in 2010.
    • OTE has made available the infrastructure for realizing teleconferences to its business customers and there were 1,351 audio-conferences and 25 video-conferences by business customers in 2010.
  • The Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) service provided to telecommunication Operators allow them to provide telecommunication services to their customers without creating additional environmental burden as they exploit existing infrastructure.
  • Development and utilization of new e-applications for intra-OTE operational issues (e.g. human resources issues, e-learning, job applications, etc) as well as for services provided to customers (see modules in www.otebusiness.gr, www.otewholesale.gr). For instance 2 million applications by telecommunication Operators were submitted and handled electronically resulting in a reduction of paper consumption by 10,000 kg.

1 SMART 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age. A report by The Climate Group on behalf of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), 2008.