Electricity production is our single greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – amounting to 31% of total manmade emissions according to the IPCC.
The DECC estimates that 1 KWh drawn off the UK grid saves 542 grams of emissions, while the EPA sets the US figure at 689 grams. What does it take to consume 1 KWh? Not much. It’s the equivalent of a 100 W light bulb or single PC in use for just 10 hours. In other words, based on an estimated annual consumption of 810 KWh for an average PC in a normal working environment, over half a ton of greenhouse gas is emitted into the atmosphere!
Greenhouse gasses play a major role in global warming. They contribute to rising sea levels, cause extreme draughts and storms, devastate our ecosystem and endanger animals, fresh water and food supplies.
While cleaner power-generating technologies such as solar energy, photo-voltaic or hydro power, are slowly gaining ground, “dirty” coal and gas energy sources still dominate by a wide margin. Hence today, saving electricity is still the most effective way to cut carbon emissions, and green network solutions enable businesses to go green!