Telecommunications operations require extensive technical equipment and energy to function. Greening equipment can be both cost-effective and better for the environment. Leaving equipment behind or disposing of it in a careless manner may pollute water or soil or leave behind hazardous chemicals and waste. Emergency telecommunications operations need to take into account the environmental impacts of software and hardware and plan accordingly.
Green ICT: Implementing Environmentally Friendly ICT Practices
(Pitcher Partners & Russell Kennedy 2008)
Discusses the impact of ICT on emissions per year and how some companies are responding, slides 3 & 6. Covers purchasing, recycling and warranties when considering ICT equipment. Explains ways to reduce carbon footprint in ICT operations, slides 37 – 48. Presentation for private sector, but applies to humanitarian practices.