Communiqué: ITU and ETSI align environmental impact methodology

Standard gives industry a uniform way to measure climate impact

Geneva, 28 May 2014 – A standardized way to assess the direct environmental impact of ICT goods, networks and services, as well as their indirect impact on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of non-ICT industry sectors, has been agreed by ITU and the European Telecommunication Standardization Institute (ETSI).

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. The collaboration was, in part, driven by a need to avoid a proliferation of methodologies which would cause confusion to the industry.

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