Although communications is generally not regarded as a polluting industry, and performs a valuable role in reducing travel, the UK’s telecoms networks consume a surprisingly large amount of power. This contributes to the carbon emissions linked to climate change. For example energy consumption for BT’s network and estate during the financial year 2005 was 2624GWh and is forecast to rise. (2,624,000,000kWhr – source www.BT.com).
Glemnet currently consumes approximately 1,000,000kwhr of electricity each year. This is 0.478 grams of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere for every minute of a telephone call on the Glemnet Network. By comparison, driving a Ford Focus uses 165g/km (model dependent). So talking for 5 hours and 45 minutes on the Glemnet network generates about the same CO2 as driving a Ford Focus for one kilometre!
Glemnet has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 30% over the next 12 months. Glemnet and Gamma’s commitment to offering its customers ‘Green Minutes’ is a pioneering initiative, and one of the benefits of early adoption of IP based soft-switching in its core network. This announcement follows the recent launch of three new IP telephony services, further enhancing Glemnet’s commitment to becoming a class leader in environmentally conscious communications.
As a leading provider of voice services and applications, Glemnet recognises the need to set an example to the industry. Neil Linter, Managing Director of Glemnet commented, “We have a strategic partnership agreement with Gamma Telecom who offer the greenest minutes in the industry via their soft switch, we are totally committed to being not just the most efficient low cost operator, but also the greenest. We suspect that, thanks to the efficiency of Gamma’s network and assets, we are working with one of the least polluting operators in our sector”.