Networking the Green Economy: How Broadband and Related Technologies Can Build a Green Economic Future
Originally published: March 8, 2010
Last updated: November 29, 2010 - 11:35am
The Progressive States Network, Communications Workers of America, Sierra Club and the Blue Green Alliance released a report that how smart buildings, smart grids, telehealth, teleconferencing, digital education -- all of which are part of a highly-networked economy -- will reduce carbon dioxide emissions, conserve energy resources, and promote and retain good, green jobs.
The report notes that, according to The Climate Group, transforming the way people and businesses use technology can reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 13-22 percent by 2020, and potentially see gross energy and fuel savings of $140-$240 billion. This report, setting forth ideas, research and recommendations to achieve these goals, details three broad areas of energy savings from networked technology that can help achieve energy savings and environmental goals: smart grids to improve the transmission, management, and distribution of energy; smart technologies, like smart meters or other demand management tools that reduce energy use at home or office; and broadband-based services including telehealth, long-distance business communication, and e-commerce to reduce travel and associated fuel costs. The report offers several policy recommendations, including increasing access and addressing affordability of broadband technologies, supporting and promoting implementation of smart grids and devices, installing smart meters and implementing real-time pricing in a manner that protects consumers and strengthens the economy through the creation of green jobs, and adopting telehealth practices to decrease environmental impacts.
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