Mobile Carriers launch Energy Efficiency Training Program Pilot

01 Jun 2011Archived News Energetics in the News

PUBLISHED: AMTA Snapshot Edition 253. The pilot of Australia’s first energy efficiency training program specifically designed for employees within the mobile network industry to help reduce emissions, offset the rising costs of electricity and reduce risk to energy supply has been launched.

The online Energy Efficiency Training Program was established by the Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF), a division of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), in partnership with national climate change consultancy Energetics.

The Training Program is the product of 12 months research and development. It explores the key issues affecting energy-related business decisions in the mobile telecommunications industry, business drivers that telecommunications companies are responding to around the world that demand energy efficiency be integrated into business decisions. Participants will learn about the mechanisms that businesses are using in radio networks to measure and manage their energy use.

MCF Program Manager Matt Evans welcomed the launch of the Pilot and the industry’s contribution to the Training Program. “Although total energy consumption will continue to increase as the industry expands, the training will assist us in employing energy efficient technology and design, so mobile carriers can service more subscribers with less energy, improving emissions intensity and managing cost risk”.

Significant funding to develop and implement the training program has been granted by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) through its Energy Efficiency Training Program. The project is supported by member network carriers: Optus, Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia. “We could not have reached this point without the valuable input from our three MCF members, their partners and Energetics and we thank them and the NSW Government,” said Mr Evans.

The content and decision frameworks of the energy training modules are directed at key roles including project managers, design engineers and life cycle managers to increase their awareness and knowledge around energy use.

The Pilot Training Modules can be accessed here.

Following the Pilot, the MCF has chosen to launch the Program at the ‘Smart Power for Smart Telecom Networks’, at the Westin Sydney on 12-13 September 2011.

The conference, the first of its kind, will bring together executives, senior management, and project managers from the Telecommunications and Infrastructure Industries to highlight and discuss cost-effective renewable energy alternatives solutions.

A number of high profile renewable energy experts have been confirmed for the conference, including Wilhelm van Butselaar from SMA Australia, Dr Elaine Wong from the Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications, Gary Café from Broadcast Australia and Phil Shorten from Energetics, with more to be announced shortly.

Registrations for ‘Smart Power for Smart Telecom Networks’ have now opened, with an early bird offer before 5 August.

Register here.

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