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Does your mobile phone run on diesel?

India's diesel-powered cell towers emit 5.3 million liters of carbon dioxide per year

India's mobile phone boom has a dark side for the battle against global warming, reports the Mail Today newspaper.  Thanks to lightning fast growth of the mobile business--which has far outstripped increases in power generation--around two-thirds of India's 310,000 cell phone towers run on diesel fuel.  And that means India's mobile phones are burning around 2 billion liters of diesel a year, generating some 5 million liters of carbon dioxide.

The good news is that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) plans a shift to green technologies like solar and biomass, which it says could save 5 million tonnes of carbon emission and $1.4 billion, reports the paper.

So far, only Idea Cellular has a few towers running on bio-diesel, and state-owned BSNL has started a pilot program for solar-powered at 14 sites and wind-powered towers at 6 sites. But Bharti Infratel plans to have 2,000 renewable energy sites up and running this year.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/global-warming/does-your-mobile-phone-run-diesel