The Advantages of Green Communication
One of the major trends hebs Group see in our work as comprehensive civil engineering and telecommunications installation specialists is the move towards Green Communication.
Telecommunications and networking – including high-speed mobile, copper and fibre internet access – have become utilities in their own right.
So, just as we all become increasingly aware of the carbon footprint of electricity from non-renewable and renewable energy sources, water resource efficiency and the implications of burning natural gas, Green Communication is a parallel trend that governs the way we keep in contact.
In particular, Green Communication is enabling entirely new ways to work, communicate and collaborate, allowing companies to do more and improve efficiency, without an associated increase in carbon emissions, greenhouse gases and energy consumption.
How can Green Communication help?
Just a generation ago, most office workers would commute every day, without fail, to their company headquarters or branch office, as would many employees across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Modern communication methods have made it much easier to carry out many jobs from anywhere in the world with internet access, leading to the rise of flexible working and remote workers based in their own homes or smaller regional branch offices.
Collaboration is still possible and can be extremely efficient, supported by face-to-face communication via videoconferencing or VoIP conference calls to put teams virtually in the same room together.
Green networking technologies
Beyond voice and video calls, green networking technologies are improving energy efficiency in other ways.
Company intranets provide a digital ecosystem for file sharing and collaborative editing, while reducing the demand for local on-site data centre storage space.
Server virtualisation means fewer physical machines can run more applications on virtual servers, while deduplication removes redundant copies of files for even more efficient storage.
The future of Green Communication
As we look to the future, Green Communication is a transformative trend with the potential to positively disrupt working practices, save energy and greenhouse gas emissions, but also improve efficiency and productivity.
This is all supported by increasingly green infrastructure, such as telecommunications masts built on previously brownfield sites and powered by their own renewable energy supply such as solar panels or a dedicated wind turbine.
At hebs Group we are working hard to drive this technology forwards, installing the infrastructure that will deliver 5G and beyond, while keeping a careful eye on the environmental impact of telecommunications infrastructure to ensure it delivers the best possible benefits for future generations.