Department of Telecom (DoT), vide its communication dated November 23, 2015, had requested TRAI for recommendations on methodology of measuring carbon emission; and calibration of target for implementation of renewable energy technology (RETs).

TRAI had issued a consultation paper on Approach toward Sustainable Telecommunications’ on January 16, 2017. The consultation paper invited comments and counter comments from stakeholders on many of the significant issues including methodology of calculation of carbon foot print by various methods, renewable energy targets, energy efficiency in telecom networks. Subsequent to the Open House Discussion, TRAI issued recommendations.

The salient features of the recommendations are:

The formula for calculation of carbon foot print has been revised

Only the target for overall carbon footprint reduction has been recommended and no sub targets for induction of RET have been recommended

Directives of DoT dated January 04, 2012 have been calibrated and targets for reduction in carbon emission have been set as 30 percent by year 2019–2020 and 40 percent by the year 2022–2023 taking the base year as 2011–2012.


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