The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and China Mobile have signed the Chinese telecommunications industry’s first voluntary energy consumption reduction agreement. China Mobile will seek to reduce per-business unit energy consumption by 20% by 2010.
This should result in an energy saving of 11.8 billion kilowatt-hours.
China Mobile president Wang Jianzhou said the company will promote energy-saving technology and designs in its communications networks. It will also deploy smart wind cooling technologies for mobile base stations, as well as wind, solar and other renewable energy sources on a large scale.
Marbridge Consulting said that Wang Jianzhou added that China Mobile has already signed "Green Action Plan" with 53 major suppliers. This plan calls for the joint implementation of energy efficiency ratings standards for telecommunications equipment, increased adoption of "green packaging" for communications products, and joint R&D on energy-saving base station cooling units, as well as the promotion of mini-SIM cards and recycling and reuse.