Earlier this year Greenpeace in its report “Dirty Talking A case for telecom sector to shift from diesel to renewable”, highlighted the aggressive exploitation of diesel by the sector, as the second largest consumer, resulting in a loss of over Rs. 2600 crore to the state exchequer annually.
It’s been over 3 months since the Bharti Airtel led Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) failed to deliver on its commitment by coming up with a clear roadmap for the disclosure and progressive reduction of emissions by September 20114” said Mrinmoy Chattaraj, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace India.
Concerned over the increasing exploitation of the diesel subsidy by the profit making telecom sector, representatives from across the political spectrum, have urged the government to take measures to accelerate a shift away from diesel and to renewable sources and technologies.These include members of parliament, cutting across party lines, including members of the standing committees for Energy, communication & Information Technology and Environment & Forest.
In their letters to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Communication &Information Technology Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal, and through parliamentary engagement, the politicians have specifically raised the need for substantially reducing the consumption of diesel by the telecom sector, especially in their network tower operations. They have further stressed on mandating the public disclosure of emissions and the establishment of the progressive emission reductions plans within the ambit of the newly proposed National Telecom Policy.