Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU) Activity Report 2021

Chair: Dominique Roche, eG4U

Established to develop specifications for environmentally efficient Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). 

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on Operational energy Efficiency for Users (ISG OEU) is addressing operational eco-efficient Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including the power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions related to infrastructure, equipment and software within ICT sites (e.g. data centres, central offices) and networks. 

The group brings together ICT professionals from a broad cross-section of European industries including the aeronautical and automotive sectors, banking, insurance, and smart cities. ISG OEU works closely with ETSI’s Access, Terminals, Transmission and Multiplexing (TC ATTM) and Environmental Engineering (TC EE) committees, and benefits from involvement in its work of the European Commission (EC), specifically DG Growth (DG GROW) and DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT).

ISG OEU supports European Commission (EC) Mandate M/462 on efficient energy use in fixed and mobile information and communication networks.

In 2021 the group cooperated with TC ATTM to refine standards on Global KPIs in order to include Carbon equivalent Intensity measurement, on the basis of Group Specification GS OEU 020 (originally published in 2020).

Meanwhile ISG OEU continued development of a new Group Report that describes a test plan – including metrics and methodologies – for IP and Power over Coax Plugtests™. Requested by the former IPCF Group, this work (to be published as GR OEU 030) is being developed in cooperation with ICT users (eG4U) and video surveillance specialists PowerEoC Alliance (Power Ethernet over Coax).

The group also progressed work on recommendations for sustainable, efficient, and effective ICT networks and services to support reuse and full efficiency of ICT networks. This will be reflected in Group Report GR OEU 034, with publication anticipated in 2022. Topics addressed in this position paper include the convergence of digital systems on a single network architecture; converging digital and electrical infrastructures; and readily implementable recommendations on infrastructures, networks, systems and applications.

See the full list of ISG OEU Work Items currently in development here.

During the year, the group continued to support ETSI’s active participation in the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Group on Smart Grid (CG SG).

In response to the global pandemic situation, ISG OEU also supported TC eHEALTH in its work on pandemic monitoring related digital technologies.