Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU) Activity Report 2019

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 wide cross-section of European industry including the aeronautical and automotive sectors, banking and 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 and DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT).

In 2019 we published two deliverables: a Group Specification (GS) on ‘Energy Consumption Measurement of Operational Information Technology Storage Units’ [GS OEU 016 V1.1.1] and a Group Report (GR) on ‘Energy Efficient IP Video Surveillance Systems over Coaxial Cables’ [GR OEU 029 V1.1.1].

During the year ISG OEU cooperated with TC ATTM who issued a Technical Specification [TS 105 174-8], supporting implementation of the European Norm (EN 305 174-8) on ICT waste management.

We continued to develop three Group Reports, addressing:

  • Lifecycle analysis comparison between internal and cloud hosting solutions
  • Cost-benefit analysis of Ethernet and Power over Coax in IP video surveillance case studies
  • General guidelines for study of green smart transportation in cities

Worked neared completion on a Group Specification ‘Definition of CO2 equivalent emission level for ICT sites’, defining carbon equivalent emission level for ICT sites in order to support monitoring of ICT carbon footprint. Publication is planned in 2020.

During the year we supported the organization of ETSI Plugtests™ events on IP video surveillance systems and in-building transmission systems. We also supported two ETSI participations in CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Groups on Smart Metering (CG SM) and Smart Energy Grid (CG SEG).

Look out for in 2020 – ISG OEU work in progress

  • Group Specification (GS) on definition of CO2 equivalent emission level for ICT sites
  • GS on practical recommendations to improve collection and treatment of WEEE for the ICT sector
  • Group Report (GR) on life cycle analysis comparison between internal hosting solution and cloud hosting solution
  • GR on cost-benefit analysis of Ethernet and Power over Coax in IP video surveillance - case studies