29 Apr '16, 4pm

#IoT will accelerate the global unsustainable growth rate of ICT #carbon footprint

This blog is part of the IEEE IoT Brain Trust series . This collection of blogs will explore IoT in the industry.  The carbon footprint for information and telecommunication technologies (ICT) is already globally significant and growing at an unsustainable rate. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), with billions of devices talking to each other, is likely to accelerate that trend. In 2007, ICT’s global CO2 footprint accounted for 2% of all emissions, or about 830 metric tons of CO2 , comparable to the aviation industry, which is widely cited for its emissions. ICT’s share of global emissions is projected to double to 4% by 2020, a mere four years away. Though humans and their direct behavior once accounted for much of ICT use, the IoT will likely drive the need to radically expand the capacity of data networks, while also requiring that ICT’s energy efficiency incr...

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