Mandatory carbon disclosure for telecom sector welcomed

January 14th, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) Environmental NGO Greenpeace Saturday welcomed the Indian government’s order making it mandatory for telecom companies in the country to disclose carbon emissions and usage of renewables.

The government Friday accepted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on “Approach towards Green Telecommunications”.

“In the absence of tangible and substantive action by the sector, such a directive is certainly welcome,” said Mrinmoy Chattaraj, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace India.

“However, the mandatory regime now needs to substantively scale up on ambition, to ensure a complete phase-out of diesel from the sector,” he said.

Greenpeace has been consistently engaging with the telecom sector and the government on this issue, including the need for public disclosure of carbon emissions, establishing progressive targets for reduction and establishing clear targets for telecom towers to be powered by renewable energy and phasing out diesel consumption.

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