Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment and Energy Efficiency


A second ETSI Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment and Energy Efficiency took place on 7-8 October 2013, in Athens, Greece, hosted by the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) and supported by the ECONET project.

Protecting the environment is a global concern, and one which involves whole industries, as well as individuals. Determining how to reduce the environmental impact and reducing energy consumption will provide obvious environmental benefits, but it also makes good business sense.

ETSI has been at the forefront of developing standards aimed at improving energy and environmental impact of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) networks, equipment and services.

ETSI activities cover methods of measuring energy and environmental assessment, environmental and infrastructural aspects for telecommunication equipment and its environment, power supply interface requirements and grounding for ICT equipment, alternative power sources in telecommunication installations, best practices to reduce energy consumption, and standards for life cycle analysis of environmental impact.
Many research initiatives are ongoing in parallel, aiming at creating a deeper understanding on the environmental impacts of ICT and finding ways to further increase energy efficiency (e.g. ECONET, EARTH, specific university projects with a more limited scope..)

Goals of the workshop

The workshop emphasized how to evaluate and reduce the environmental impact of ICT. In addition the workshop enabled delegates to:

  • Obtain an overview and share views on energy and environmental assessment methodologies.
  • Share views on applicability of energy and environmental assessment standards between ETSI and other organizations;
  • Get an overview on the applicable research activities and their (potential) relationship with standardization;
  • Identify research methodologies used for energy and environmental impact assessment and their relations to standards;
  • Identify any potential gaps, overlaps and harmonization opportunities of the energy and environmental assessment standards and methodologies;
  • Analyze future requirements for energy and environmental assessment standardization of ICT equipment, networks and services.

Programme Committee

Benjamino Gorini, Alcatel Lucent, ETSI TC EE Chairman
Mauro Boldi, Telecom Italia
Richard Hockley vice chair of TC EE
Anders Andrae, Huawei
Pernilla Bergmark, Ericsson
Claudio Bianco, Telecom Italia
Raffaele Bolla, University of Genoa
Daniel Dianat, Ericsson
Paolo Gemma, Huawei
Marcello Pagnozzi, ETSI
Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, GRNET
Ahmed Zeddam, France Telecom

Agenda day 1

SESSION 1: Setting the scene
Session chair: Beniamino Gorini, Alcatel-Lucent, ETSI TC EE Chairman
09:00 Welcome and Workshop Introduction
Beniamino Gorini, ETSI TC EE Chairman, Alcatel-Lucent
09:30 KEYNOTE:  ITU Activities on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector
Ahmed Zeddam, ITU-T SG5 chairman
10:00 KEYNOTE: The ETSI Green Agenda
Keith Dickerson, Climate Associates Ltd
10:30  COFFEE and POSTER SESSIONS (see tab poster sessions)
SESSION 2:  Information from current standardization initiatives
Session Chair: Ahmed Zeddam, Orange, Chairman of ITU-T SG5
11:00 Overview of Working Party 3/5 "ICT and Climate Change"
Gianluca Griffa, ITU-T SG5
11:20  The role of the standard in the energy efficiency for radio access networks: the ETSI EEPS activities on Network level Energy Efficiency and radio base stations
Mauro Boldi, Telecom Italia, rapporteur of WI DES00005 & Daniel Dianat, Ericsson, rapporteur of WI RES/EE-EEPS00022ed141
11:50  The role of the ETSI LCA standard for ICT in European and global environmental policy
Anders Andrae, Huawei Technologies Ltd., rapporteur of RES/EE-EEPS006 LCA (ES 203 199)
12:10 The Benefits of Alignment in Standardization
Dave Bossmin, Ericsson Canada, ATIS WWG chair
12:30  Questions and Answers Session
SESSION 3:  Application of methodologies for environmental impact assessment (life cycle assessment (LCA)
Session Chair: Anders Andrae, Huawei Technologies Ltd, rapporteur of RES/EE-EEPS006 LCA
 14:00 Tools, results and future requirements for the energy assessment of virtualized IT systems and Datacenters and the EKT case study
Panagiotis Stathopoulos, National Documentation Center/ National Hellenic Research Foundation (EKT/NHRF)
 14:20 Testing different simplification approaches for LCA of a mobile phone
Åsa Moberg, KTH Royal Institute of technology
 14:40 Are product carbon footprints the way forward? Practical experiences from LCAs of ICT product systems
Pernilla Bergmark, Ericsson AB, associate Rapporteur of Q18/5 ITU-T SG5
 15:00 Prospective sustainability assessment of smart phone mobile communication
Jáchym Judl, Finnish Environment Institute
15:20 Questions and Answers Session
Session 4 : Application of methodologies for energy efficiency measurement;
Session chair: Mauro Boldi, Telecom Italia, rapporteur of WI DES00005
16:20 The Estimation of Energy Saving in Base Station Rooms
Anping Shen, Academy of Telecommunication Research of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China
16:40 Receiver sensitivity: The forgotten mobile network efficiency factor
Hans Otto Scheck NSN
17:00 Testing of Energy Aware Communication Equipment
Renato Grosso, Ericsson Telecomunicazioni SpA
17:20 Test driving the energy efficiency of cellular networks
Marco Ajmone Marsan, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
17:40 Questions and Answers Session






























Agenda day 2

SESSION 5 :  Findings from environmental impact assessments of ICT products, networks and services
Chaired by: Pernilla Bergmark, Ericsson AB, associate Rapporteur of Q18/5 ITU-T SG5

09:00 The carbon and electricity footprints of the ICT and E&M sector – yesterday, today and tomorrow
Jens Malmodin, Ericsson AB
09:20 Changes in environmental impact over time in the fast developing ICT industry
Dag Lundén, TeliaSonera
09:40 Estimation of ICT Sector footprints
Anders Andrae, Huawei Technologies Ltd.,rapporteur of RES/EE-EEPS006 LCA (ES 203 199)
10:00 Questions and Answers Session
SESSION 6 :  Technical solutions and best practice for energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact in ICT
Chaired by: Paolo Gemma, Huawei, Chairman of WG EEPS
11:00 The ETNO CORE Energy Task Force: Goals and main activities 
Gianluca Griffa, ETNO CORE Energy Task Force
11:20 An energy efficient approach in coverage and capacity optimization of heterogeneous networks
Dimitrios Karvounas, University of Piraeus
11:40 Improving Energy Efficiency in Greek Schools with IPv6-enabled Smart Meters
Vassilis Nikolopoulos, Intelen
12:00 Regulation 1275/2008, Standby & Off-Mode Network Standby 
Klaus Verschuere, CISCO
12:20 Questions and Answers Session
SESSION 7:  Research projects
Chaired by: Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, Greek Research & Technology Network '
14:00 5GrEEn – Towards Green 5G Mobile Networks
Magnus Olsson, 5GrEEn project (Ericsson AB)
14:20 Environmental Engineering (EE) - Green Abstraction Layer (GAL) Power management capabilities of the future Energy Telecommunication Fixed Network Nodes
Raffaele Bolla, CNIT
14:40 Greenhouse gas emission reports from NRENs and the GÉANT pan-European network
Vasiliki Giannikopoulou, Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET)
15:00 Questions and Answers Session
15:20 COFFEE
Summary from session chairs

Poster Sessions

The following topics will be presented during the workshop breaks in a poster session format.

Poster 1 : Energy-aware Allocation of Traffic to Optical Lightpaths in Multilayer Core Networks
Vassilis Foteinos, University of Piraeus

Poster 2METIS PROJECT- Mobile and wireless communications Enablers for the 2020 Information Society, an Energy Efficiency overview
Mauro Boldi, Telecom Italia

Poster 3:  Energy Efficiency improvements arising from the EU R&D project BATS (Broadband Access via integrated Terrestrial & Satellite systems)
Keith Dickerson, Climate Associates

Poster 4:  Efficient power consumption in a mobile network consisting of macro and micro BSs
Trigka Revveka, University of Piraeus

Poster 5 : GREENET: An initial training network on Green Wireless Networks,
Christos Vérikoukis, Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia