Calculating Toyin Saraki’s Communication Carbon Footprint

26 May

I saw this photo of  Toyin Saraki and couldn’t help but imagine how much energy she would need to keep those phones powered 24hrs a day.  The photo shows 5 power phones and these could just be the ones that made the red carpet. The carbon footprint of using 1 mobile phone is  47kg CO2e: for a 1 year,typical usage of just under 2 minutes per day 1250kg CO2e: a year’s usage at 1 hour per day 125 million tonnes CO2e. Mobile phones cause a fairly tiny slice of global emissions, but if you are a chatterbox using your mobile for an hour each day, the total adds up to more than 1 tonne CO2e per year – the equivalent of flying from London to New York, one way, in economy class.  So multiply  that by 5.  It’s the energy needed to fly from London to New York, 5 times. That’s a lot maam!!  What does she need all those phones for? Is that how much wealth and wastage that comes with Nigerian governance.

Mrs Saraki’s husband is Senator Bukola Saraki, Chair, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology.

Luxury living for our ailing environment and economy!!

Read more about communication carbon footprint here. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2010/jun/09/carbon-footprint-mobile-phone

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3 Responses to “Calculating Toyin Saraki’s Communication Carbon Footprint”

  1. Tosin Olalere May 27, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    This is an educative expose. I hope everybody will learn a lesson from this. Kudos

  2. Natural Nigerian May 27, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    I am not sure that I quite agree with your calculations. To be fair and with all sentiments aside, she’s obviously a really busy person. Imagine her having to physically meet those that she can talk to on the phone. Either having them come to her or having to go to them. That would leave more of a carbon footprint. Also, if we were to look beyond the environmental issues, travel increases one’s risk of exposure to incident/injury. In Nigeria, the probability of injury is higher than in most places thanks to our poor maintenance culture and driving habits. So there is a trade off.

    The fact that she has five phones also says to me that she has some private numbers that only a few people can reach her on. I point this out so that we can also consider that one of the variables in this equation may be that some of those phones hardly get any talk time on them as only a few people can reach her on them and she may then spend less than an hour maximum on at least 2-3 of the phones per day. To clarify, I am suggesting 1hr per day spread over 2-3 phones, rather than 1 hr on each phone per day.

    The last thing I would like to point out is that I know people that have one to two phones who easily spend a minimum of 6-8 hours on average a day speaking on their phones. They are not Governor’s wives or people in the public eye. A friend of mine conducts 80% of his business on his phone. Just one phone. He probably talks 8 hours a day, Monday through to Sunday.

    And in case you are wondering, nah, I don’t know Mrs Saraki personally. I just feel that we can’t always look at these statistics without considering other variables. For example, I can argue that mobile communications are environmentally friendly but can also flip position and consider the whole picture where I go into the manufacturing process and what that does to the environment.

    I had no idea we had Environmental Journalists in Nigeria. I will definitely be back to read more. Well done.

  3. Helen Sun May 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Hmmm, Kwara State Treasury been lavished in a grand style.

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