Alcatel-Lucent ANZ president and managing director, Sean O'Halloran, said: "It's no longer good enough to assume someone will solve the problem for us. It's up to us as an industry to act and develop the solutions now."
He was speaking following his company last month wining the ACOMM Environmental Responsibility award for its partnership and positioning of the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), which aims to minimise telecom network energy consumption.
According to the head of CEET, Rod Tucker "Today the Internet consumes about one percent of the world's electricity supply. Calculations undertaken at CEET indicate that the rapid growth in the capacity and reach of the Internet could result in the energy consumption of the Internet increasing to five to ten percent of the world's electricity supply by the year 2020 if we don't act now. This is a serious issue for the telecommunications sector."
The event will "consider existing approaches to reduce energy consumption and consider key challenges such as the benchmarking, measurement and reporting of energy use in the networked service environment. Expressions of interest can be lodged here.
CEET, Alcatel-Lucent and other Australian organisations are members of The GreenTouch Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of ICT networks by a factor of 1,000.
Tucker is a member of the GreenTouch board. Australian member organisations include NICTA, The University of Melbourne's IBES and the University of NSW.
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