Quotation Madlener, Reinhard, Sheykhha, Siamak, Briglauer, Wolfgang. 2022. The electricity- and CO2-Saving potentials offered by regulation of European video-streaming services. Energy Policy. 161




Massive increases in Internet data traffic over the last years have led to rapidly rising electricity demand and CO2 emissions, giving rise to environmental externalities and network congestion costs. One particular concern is the rise in data traffic generated by video-streaming services. We analyze the electricity-saving potential related to video streaming in Europe from 2020 to 2030. To this end, three trend scenarios (Business-as-usual, Gray, and Green) are considered and modeled bottom-up, taking specific electricity consumption (and trends) of data transmission networks, end-use devices, and data centers into account. Using these scenarios, we examine in more detail the approximate electricity-saving impact that regulatory interventions and technical standards can have on the electricity consumption of end-users, network operators, and data centers. The model results reveal that regulatory intervention can have a significant impact on electricity consumption and CO2 emissions of the residential houshold sector.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Energy Policy
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title The electricity- and CO2-Saving potentials offered by regulation of European video-streaming services
Volume 161
Year 2022
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112716
Open Access N


Briglauer, Wolfgang (Details)
Madlener, Reinhard (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Sheykhha, Siamak (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Research Institute for Regulatory Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2949 Telecommunications (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5370 Industrial economics (Details)
5426 Information society (Details)
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