Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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Broadband-enabled IT applications reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Broadband is already contributing to greater energy efficiency. Broadband applications will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than a billion tons by 2018.
eCommerce generates 9% less greenhouse gases than conventional shopping.
Boston Consulting Group projected that by 2003 e-materialization will reduce the demand for paper by 2.7 million tons which would result in 9.1 million tons less of greenhouse gases being emitted into the environment.
By 2008 it estimated that the greenhouse gas savings would double to 18.2 million tons. (p. 33)
As consumer broadband use continues to grow, the ability to save paper would provide considerable benefits to the environment.
For example, if a household could save just one page of paper per day, that would spare 5 million trees per year, 4 million less gallons of water would be polluted, conserve 8.4 million BTUs of energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 tons. (p. 35)
Since the paper industry uses the most energy, outside of the petroleum and chemical industries, the reduction has spared 2.5 million tons of solid wastes, saved 67 million BTUs of energy and 24.6 million gallons of polluted water.
In terms of carbon emissions, the reduction in circulation has lead to 7.9 million tons less of greenhouse gases.” (p. 34)
If all of the greenhouse reductions noted in this study were converted into energy saved, we forecast that IT applications could save 555 million barrels of oil by year 10, or roughly 11% of the oil imported into the U.S. today. (p. 47)
Teleconferencing could reduce greenhouse emissions by 199.8 million tons
...if 10 percent of airline travel could be replaced by teleconferencing over the next 10 years.
A 10% increase in telecommuting would result in 6.7 (6.7%) million less private vehicles commuting to work during rush hour, or 20.1% decrease in congestion.
In this scenario, the savings in wasted time and fuel would be $12.7 billon and 744 million hours would be saved as well as 462 million gallons of gasoline, which is equivalent to 4.8 million tons of greenhouse gas not being emitted into the atmosphere. (p. 25)
Reduction in first-class mail, plastics saved from downloading music/video and office paper from emails and electronic documents could reduce emissions by 67.2 million tons.
For example, over the next 10 years, shifting newspaper subscriptions from physical to online media alone will save 57.4 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. (p. 2)
Telecommuting will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 247.7 million tons due to less driving, 28.1 million tons due to reduced office construction, and 312.4 million tons because of energy saved by businesses. (p. 2)