[LINK] NBN may increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
mikal at stillhq.com
Thu Apr 9 12:55:37 AEST 2009
Tom Worthington wrote:
> The government's $43B National Broadband Network plan has
> implications for greenhouse gas emissions. An example of a negative
> effect is that higher bandwidth devices use more electricity and will
> therefore cause more greenhouse gas emissions. Also the digital
> devices connected to the network tend to use more power than old
> fashioned analog devices. A positive effect will be if more access
> to teleconferences results in less business travel.
> The ACS Victorian Branch conference this year is on the theme
> "Greening ICT towards Sustainability" 15 to 16 May 2009. I am
> facilitating a session on The Carbon Footprint and was thinking we
> might look at the environmental implications of the NBN in the
> workshop: <http://www.acs.org.au/vic/2009conference>.
I don't think the world is that simple though. These digital services
are often replacing things which are even worse. For example -- news
websites are better for the environment than having a teenager throw
dead tree at your house every morning (probably from a car).
Now, I'm not saying that IT is perfect, and its clear the industry can
do better in power efficiency in both the datacenter and consumer
spaces, but I do think that you have to take into account that progress
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