Telecom regulator TRAI today recommended 40 percent carbon emission reduction in telecom network by 2022-23 with base year being 2011-12. The regulator has also suggested that the government should pass all the benefits granted under various schemes for using renewable energy technologies to telecom operators. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850MbpsAlso Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
“The target for reduction in carbon emission be set as 30 percent by the year 2019-20 taking a base year as 2011-12 and 40 percent by the year 2022-23. The targets should be reviewed in the year 2022-23,” TRAI said in its recommendation to the Department of Telecom on approach towards sustainable telecommunications.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI ) has given a target of 5 percent by the year 2012-2013, 8 percent by the year 2014-2015, 12 percent by the year 2016-2017 and 17 percent by the year 2018-2019 for carbon emission reduction. ALSO READ: TRAI issues recommendations on approach towards sustainable telecommunications
The regulator said that since the 2017-18 is ongoing, there should be the target given for carbon emission reduction in next 3 4 years and 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 of March of every year.
“The first report of the carbon footprint for the base year 2011-12 as per revised formula should be submitted within 3 months from the date of issue of the directions/ instructions by DoT,” the regulator said.
TRAI has recommended that the telecom operators should voluntarily adopt the renewable energy technology (RET) solutions, energy efficient equipment and high capacity fast charging storage solutions etc to meet the target for reduction of carbon footprint.
It has also suggested that the electricity generated by the RET solutions funded or maintained by the telecom operators should be subtracted from overall carbon emission of the company, irrespective of its use.