Number of telecom towers operating in India based on a study compiled by the Oil Ministry to explore the potential use of natural gas in multiple sectors across states in India.
2 billion litres
Volume of diesel consumed each year by diesel generators employed to ensure the towers receive power 24x7.
5 million tonnes
of CO2 equivalent emissions on account of diesel use.
40% - 50%
of telecom tower operating costs are energy costs and a highly polluting source at that.
Number of telecom towers (20% of total) that do not run on diesel as of Dec 2016 (based on the TRAI consultation paper).
Number of towers that can be switched to be powered using natural gas (CNG) from diesel according to the same Oil Ministry study.
326 million litres
Reduction in diesel consumption if these towers switch to be powered by CNG.
Rs. 1,200 crore
Investment potential over a period of 5 years with a payback period of 5 to 13 months.