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Special issue on green radio

Jacques Palicot1*, Steve McLaughlin2, Honggang Zhang3 and H Vincent Poor4

Author Affiliations

1 SUPELEC/IETR Avenue de la Boulais, CS 47601, Cesson-Sévigné Cedex 35576, France

2 School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

3 Université Européenne de Bretagne- SUPELEC Avenue de la Boulais, CS 47601, Cesson-Sévigné Cedex, 35576, France

4 School of Engineering and Applied Science Princeton University, C-230 Engineering Quadrangle, Olden Street, Princeton, NJ, 08544, USA

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2013, 2013:21  doi:10.1186/1687-1499-2013-21

Published: 30 January 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Society has grown increasingly aware of the need to reduce CO2 emissions in order to mitigate consequential environmental effects. The primary contributors to CO2 emissions are electric power generation, transport, and manufacturing. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at present contributes a non-negligible 3% of world-wide energy consumption, which in turn causes about 2% of the world-wide CO2 emissions. The dramatic growth in Internet traffics and the growing pervasive use of mobile and wireless technologies to support this are likely to increase CO2 emissions in the future unless greater energy efficiency can be achieved in networking technologies. Thus, thedevelopment of wireless networks that require lower energy consumption is desirable. In addition to this key driver of reducing CO2 emissions, the cost of energy has increased substantially and this is a significant proportion of the costs of any wireless access infrastructure company. These issues have resulted in an increased interest in “green radio” networks that reduce the energy requirements for wireless communications, and can thus contribute not only to goals for sustainable development, but also to the profitability of the telecommunication industry.