- Laurence Russell
New WTA report, “How Green is My Teleport?” examines teleport energy efficiency
The World Teleport Association (WTA) today released How Green is My Teleport?, a new research report that explores some of the principal measures teleport operators are taking to reduce energy consumption, the motivations behind them and the outcomes, both achieved and envisioned.
“For teleport operators, going green makes solid business sense,” said executive director Robert Bell. “The initial motivation often comes from a customer asking about the company’s sustainability policies, but operators tell us that the reduction in operating costs they achieve as well as the greater resilience of their operations pay off in the near-term and long-term.”
WTA Members can access the report by signing into their accounts on the WTA website. The report is free for WTA Members and available for purchase by others. Members may directly download the report by following this link and logging in with their user name and password.
Energy is one of the largest expense items for teleport operators, as well as a major generator of greenhouse gases. This offers an opportunity to improve the bottom line while contributing to the battle to limit climate change. Effective sustainability policies and practices are more than something that “feel good” – customers increasingly demand to know what a company’s sustainability posture is, and smart practices can add measurably to facility resilience.
Excess power consumption has many causes, from old and inefficient technology to operational practices. Business practices matter, too, because travel contributes both to costs and emissions, and sources of electricity range from coal plants to solar and wind. Operators looking for savings are balancing capital investment in new systems with low-cost changes to their practices to achieve a reasonable return on investment. In this report, WTA interviews satellite and teleport operators as well as technology executives about their approaches to enhancing the sustainability of their ground facilities, reducing power consumption and reigning in business practices that generate both costs and carbon.