Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6–7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Modeling the Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of a Hybrid Satellite System

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_8,
        author={David Faulkner and Keith Dickerson and Nigel Wall and Simon Watts},
        title={Modeling the Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of a Hybrid Satellite System},
        proceedings={Wireless and Satellite Systems. 7th International Conference, WiSATS 2015 Bradford, UK, July 6--7, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={WISATS},
        year={2015},
        month={10},
        keywords={Hybrid satellite systems Broadband Access Energy-efficiency Environmental assessment Greenhouse gas emissions Lifecycle},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_8}
    }
    
  • David Faulkner
    Keith Dickerson
    Nigel Wall
    Simon Watts
    Year: 2015
    Modeling the Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of a Hybrid Satellite System
    WISATS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25479-1_8
David Faulkner1,*, Keith Dickerson1,*, Nigel Wall1,*, Simon Watts2,*
  • 1: Climate Associates Ltd
  • 2: Avanti Communications Ltd
*Contact email: davewfaulkner@gmail.com, keith.dickerson@climate-associates.com, nigel.wall@shadow-creek.co.uk, Simon.Watts@avantiplc.com

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present the approach used to model the greenhouse gas emissions of a hybrid broadband terrestrial/satellite system over its lifecycle. The lifecycle analysis showed that the electricity used by the customer premises equipment was responsible for the majority of the GHG emissions, assuming that the power plants continue to use fossil fuels. Emissions from manufacture, transport and waste treatment represented only 0.00453 % of the total emissions. Under a 1 % cut-off rule only the in-use emissions from on grid electricity would need to be considered. Manufacture, transport, and waste treatment can be safely ignored. This includes emissions from the manufacture of the satellite launch vehicle and the transport of the satellite into geostationary orbit.