18 May 2009 02:05:08
Electronic gadgets contributing to rising emissions
Carbon emissions from personal gadgets such as mp3 players and electronic devices including televisions and mobile phones will rise drastically over the next 20 years as their energy-use triples between now and 2030.
That is according to a new report by France's International Energy Association (IEA), which called on governments around the world to implement policy changes that will ensure electronic devices are made as energy efficient as possible.
Presenting its latest publication Gadgets and Gigawatts in Paris, the organisation warned that anticipated reductions in the electricity requirements of electronics could be negated by the rising demand for technology.
The IEA pointed out that over half of the world's population now has a mobile phone and forecast that the number of people using a personal computer will surpass one billion in 2009.
Without new policies, the energy consumed by such devices will rise to 1,700 TW hours by 2030, significantly undermining global emissions reduction efforts.
Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the IEA, said that this figure "is equivalent to the current combined total residential electricity consumption of the United States and Japan".
"It would also cost households around the world $200 billion (£131 billion) in electricity bills and require the addition of approximately 280 GW of new generating capacity between now and 2030," he added.
By 2010, the IEA estimates there will be over 3.5 billion mobile phone subscribers and two billion televisions in use around the world.http://www.iea.org/w/bookshop/add.aspx?id=361