TRAI recommends 40% carbon emission cut in telecom networks by 2023
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 24 October 2017 recommended 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in telecom networks by 2022-23.
The telecom regulator has also suggested that the government should pass all the benefits granted under various schemes for using renewable energy technologies to telecom operators.
The TRAI in its recommendation to the Department of Telecom, on approach towards sustainable telecommunications stated:
– The target for reduction in carbon emission be set as 30 per cent by year 2019-20 taking base year as 2011-12 and 40 per cent by the year 2022-23.
– The targets should be reviewed in the year 2022-23.
- TRAI has given target of 5 per cent by the year 2012-2013, 8 per cent by the year 2014-2015, 12 per cent by the year 2016-2017 and 17 per cent by the year 2018-2019 for carbon emission reduction.
- The regulator said that since the 2017-18 is ongoing, there should be target given for carbon emission reduction in next 3 4 years, after which the recommendations and targets could be reviewed.
- As per the recommendation, if implemented by the DoT, the report of the carbon footprint of telecom operators should be submitted annually within 45 days after March of every year.
- The first report of the carbon footprint for the base year 2011-12 as per revised formula would have to be submitted within 3 months from the date of issuance of the instructions by DoT.
Further, in order to meet the target for reduction of carbon footprint, TRAI has recommended the telecom operators to voluntarily adopt the renewable energy technology solutions, energy efficient equipments and high capacity fast charging storage solutions.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
TRAI is an independent regulator of telecommunications business in India. It came into existence by Act of the Parliament in 1997. Its mandate is to deliver a fair and transparent environment for fair competition in telecom market. TRAI also fixes or revises the tariffs for telecom services in India.