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Carbon Disclosure Project 2011


Broadband-based applications significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions


Broadband-based applications like teleconferencing and e-commerce reduce GHG emissions by reducing travel and production of physical products. The American Consumer Institute forecast that cumulatively approximately 1 billion metric tons34 of GHG emissions will be saved in the U.S. over a 10 year period through broadband based applications.35


This


is equivalent to approximately 2.2 billion barrels of oil, 66% of U.S. 2010 imports or U.S. $204 billion.36


533 Adapted from the American Consumer Institute 2007


Figure 6: Broadband-based applications cumulative emissions savings over 10 years in million metric tons


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e-commerce Telecommuting Teleconferencing Dematerialization


Broadband application


1) Business to business and business to consumer e-commerce


2) Telecommuting


Explanation


ICT enables shopping and financial transactions


Flexible working locations where the daily commute to work is replaced by telecommunications links


3) Teleconferencing


Decreasing the need for business travel through media that range from group phone calls to webinars to telepresence which simulates a face to face meeting with eye contact


4) Dematerialization


Reduction in first class mail, plastics saved from downloading music/video and office paper from emails and electronic documents


Predicted emissions reductions


186 million metric tons of GHG emissions, equivalent to 433 million barrels of oil


533 million metric tons of GHG emissions, equivalent to 1.2 billion barrels of oil


181 million metric tons of GHG emissions, equivalent to 421 million barrels of oil


61 million metric tons of GHG emissions, equivalent to 142 million barrels of oil


34. Converted from U.S. short tons using using http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=about_energy_conversion_calculator-basics. Last accessed June 20th, 2011


35. Fuhr & Pociask, 2007. Broadband Services: Economic and Environmental Benefits. Available from http://www.theamericanconsumer.org/2007/10/31/broadband-services-economic-and-environmental-benefits/ Last accessed June 16th, 2011.


36. Using the EPA’s Green Power Equivalency Calculator methodologies. Conversion Factor 0.43 metric tons CO2/barrel http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/pubs/calcmeth.htm Oil price based on WTI Crude oil price June, Monday 20 2011 - 11:39:52. 2010 oil imports accessed from the EIA http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_d_nus_Z00_mbbl_a.htm Last accessed June 20th, 2011.


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