Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Operational energy Efficiency for Users (OEU) Activity Report 2020

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 2020 we published the Group Specification [GS OEU 020] on ‘Carbon equivalent Intensity measurement; Operational infrastructures; Global KPIs; Global KPIs for ICT Sites’. During the year ISG OEU cooperated with TC ATTM to support improvement of standards on Global KPIs in order to include carbon equivalent intensity measurement on the basis of GS OEU 020.

Meanwhile the group continued to develop GRs describing general guidelines for the study of green smart transportation in cities.

Worked neared completion on a Group Specification to define a carbon equivalent emission level for ICT sites to support monitoring of ICT carbon footprint.

During the year ISG OEU supported two ETSI participations in CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Coordination Groups on Smart Metering and Smart Energy Grid, and the study of the merging of these two groups. 

Faced with the increase of the global pandemic situation, ISG OEU launched a new study – to be published as a Group Report – on guidelines for pandemic monitoring related digital technologies.

The group also started work on recommendations for sustainable, efficient and effective ICT networks and services in order to support reuse and full efficiency of ICT networks.

Look out for in 2021 – ISG OEU work in progress:

  • Group Report (GR) on Standard Request For Proposal (RFP) for intelligent mobility projects
  • Group Report (GR) defining the current position of ICT users (e.g. European Metropoles) specifying general guidelines for intelligent mobility projects.
  • Group Report (GR) on guidelines on pandemic monitoring related digital technologies
  • Group Report (GR) on recommendations for sustainable, efficient and effective ICT networks and services.