Journal article

Telecommunications energy and greenhouse gas emissions management of future network growth

A GYGAX, C Chan, C Leckie, E Wong, A Nirmalathas, K Hinton

Applied Energy | Elsevier | Published : 2016

Abstract

A key aspect of greener network deployment is how to achieve sustainable growth of a telecommunications network, both in terms of operational and embodied energy. Hence, in this paper we investigate how the overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of a fast growing telecommunications network can be minimized. Due to the complexities in modeling the embodied energy of networks, this aspect of energy consumption has received limited attention by network operators. Here, we present the first model to evaluate the interdependencies of the four main contributing factors in managing the sustainable growth of a telecommunications network: (i) the network’s operational energy consumpt..

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