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ITU, ETSI Align ICT Environmental Impact Standards
Source: telecompaper.com
Source Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Created: Jun 03, 2014

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Telecommunication Standardisation Institute (ETSI) have agreed a standardised way to assess the direct environmental impact of ICT goods, networks and services, as well as their indirect impact on greenhouse gas emissions of non-ICT industry sectors. The jointly developed specification has been created in acknowledgement of the importance of providing industry with tools to provide a lifecycle assessment of the environmental impact of its activities. It was partly driven by a need to avoid a proliferation of methodologies which would cause confusion to the industry.

The Methodology for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of ICT goods, networks and services, known as ITU-T L.1410 in ITU-T and ES 203 199 in ETSI, has achieved first-stage approval in the two organisations. The new standard is a technically aligned text of previously approved standards from the ITU and ETSI. A significant improvement to the new text is clearer examples of how the methodology should be applied, a feature that was added following feedback from the European Commission trial of the various methodologies, including ITU-T Recommendation L.1410 and former ETSI TS 103 199. This new standard is just one of the various standards planned to be developed in joint activities by the two bodies in the next 2 to 3 years.
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