STUDY PERIOD 2009-2012 / Doc 82
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Geneva, 12 April 2012
Source: / JCA Chairman and Co-Chairman
Title: / Report of the tenth meeting of JCA on ICT&CC

1.1 General

The tenth meeting of JCA on ICT&CC was held on 12 April 2012 in Geneva under the Chairmanship of Mr Ahmed Zeddam and Mr. Dave Faulkner (Co-Chairman). The meeting was attended face to face and/or online by 30 participants. The list of participants can be found in Annex A.

1.2. Agenda and Scope

The agenda, Doc.78 Rev 1, was updated to include, also under item 4, Mr.Yong-Woon Kim, of ETRI, to present Doc 79 on ‘Progress status of ISO/IEC JTC 1 on Green ICT matters​’.

2. Presentations and Comment

See documents 77, 79, 80 and 81.

2.1 Ahmed Zeddam gave a verbal report of the activities of ITU-T SG5 on ICT and the Environment. (This JCA was held on the second day of this event which ran from 11-18 April in Geneva). The objective of this SG5 meeting is to complete the work programme of the current 2008-2012 Study Period with emphasis on Recommendations going to consent. He gave some information about topics of interest to this meeting resulting from the TSAG - Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group meeting of 10-13 January 2012. Two new JCAs were created. One concerns cloud computing. The other is on home networks and smart grids. TSAG agreed to set up two Focus Groups – one on M2M service layer, and another on disaster relief, network resilience and recovery (FG-DR&NRR). The next four yearly WTSA (The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly) will be held in Dubai in November/December. SG5 will report on its activities and discuss its future work programme.

2.2 Report of the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary meeting. 7-12 November 2011.

Ahmed Zeddam presented Doc 77 “Report of the ISO/IEC JTC 1 Plenary meeting, 7-12 November 2011” which he attended with Mr.Yong-Woon Kim of ETRI. The meeting addressed green activities.
A New JTC 1 Subcommittee 39 on Sustainability for and by Information Technology was set up to include activity on data center energy efficiency taxonomy and vocabulary, a suite of metrics supporting universally accepted standardized Key Performance Indicators, development of best practices for energy efficient data centers and development of an energy management system standard specifically tailored for data centers. It is proposed in Doc 77 that JCA-ICT&CC sends a liaison statement to JTC 1/SC 39 recommending them to nominate a representative to JCA-ICT&CC. Doc 77 also notes the actions proposed Resolution 41 Call for consideration for future Green-by-ICT standardization to JTC 1/SCs and WGs. This includes activity on e-education, e-learning and e-training, and building networks. Mr. Yong-Woon Kim (Republic of Korea) may be invited to relevant group meetings to explain the following information.

2.3 Mr. Jean-Manuel Canet Rapporteur ITU-T Q18/5 reported on progress on methodologies for environmental impact assessment of ICT. At the last meeting in the Republic of Korea two new recommendations were published these are L.1410 “Methodology for environmental impact assessment of information and communication technologies (ICT) goods, networks and services and L.1420 “Methodology for environmental impact assessment of Information and Communication Technologies in organizations”. These Recommendations are a major achievement and represent the results of significant effort from a number of delegates at this JCA meeting. They are the subject of pilots run by the European Commission to ‘road test’ methodology standards. The outcome of these pilots could result in revised versions of the Recommendations. At this meeting work will continue on methodologies concerning the environmental impact of ICT projects and ICT in cities. There have been 6 contributions on the latter topic. The Rapporteur expects that these Recommendations will be practical in approach and allow the positive aspects of ICT to be quantified. Work on ICT in Countries will continue later this year in the beginning of next. Cooperation on methodologies will continue with other SDOs and other organizations such as ISO, IEC, GHG Protocol, EU Commission and the UNFCCC.

2.4 Mr.Yong Woon Kim, ETRI, gave a verbal update on progress on the ITU Methodology ICT Projects. ISO and GHG initiative Project Protocol do not offer specific guidance on ICT projects and their environmental impact. This Methodology describes the six principles of project accounting and includes the following steps: planning, analysis, validation (e.g. by an independent authority before the project starts), monitoring, quantifying, reporting and verifying. Practical examples are the construction of a base station or the replacement existing servers with a more energy-efficient data centre.

2.5 Molly Webb of ‘The Climate Group’ presented DOC 81 “Information Marketplaces: The New Economics of Cities”. Verizon and the University of Nottingham (plus partners such as ARUP) have been supporting this activity which follows on from the Smart2020 report. Work has been also conducted on policies for smart grids which is billed as a ‘green new deal’ and could lead to 500,000 new jobs.40 actions concerning cities and energy efficiency have been identified in the area of Smart grid Smart energy metering , Smart water metering , Real-time transport information and Electric vehicles. A key conclusion of this study is that projects should not be evaluated in isolation as the same communication infrastructure investment can serve multiple projects. This approach is not possible in many administrations where transport and energy, for example, are considered separately. The Framework for a Smarter City brings together in a holistic way measures which ICT can have across the sectors. Smart city value is not being realised today because the fragmented approach is not considering the ICT infrastructure as a key enabler on which multiple open ICT applications can operate.

2.6 Ms. Colette Maloney of the European Commission made a presentation (Doc 80, “ ICT and Cities”). The EC is planning to adopt common measurement methodologies to capture the sector's energy intensity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under a common framework and is assessing its suitability for adoption via pilot trials. The EC will propose policy and regulatory measures if appropriate. The EC is supporting city partnerships between the ICT sector and major emitting sectors (e.g. transport and energy) to improve their energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mapping numerous stakeholders to these initiatives is a complex task as it needs to involve the whole supply chain. Key methodologies including those from ITU-T are being evaluated in the pilots for their suitability for application to smart cities. Feedback will be provided to the SDOs. Funding for large-scale projects is being considered of value 10M Euro per project. It is important that the solutions, especially the ICT infrastructure, are integrated across projects. Therefore open solutions are being followed to avoid technical lock-in. Projects must consider both their positive and negative impacts and avoid fragmentation of effort. Projects must therefore consider the different public authorities which will use the ICT and infrastructure and be well integrated. The key challenges to organisations developing methodologies for ICT in cities are to avoid fragmentation of effort, ensure coherence with existing methodologies/ongoing efforts (GHG, ADEME, JRC, …), bring in work from ‘ICT projects’ methodologies and think of the end-users.

3.Announcements of upcoming events Ms Cristina Bueti of ITU-TSB said that there will be a thematic workshop on e-waste at the WSIS forum on 16 May. All are welcome in Geneva.See ITU together with Prompt is organizing the Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change on 29-31 May 2012 in Montreal, Canada. See The second ITU-T Green Standards Week will take place in Paris 17-21 September 2012, supported by Microsoft and TechAmerica Europe. Green ICT standards will be discussed on 17/18. Results of the second green ICT challenge supported by Telefonica will be presented.



3.1 Next Meeting

The 11th meeting of JCA-ICT&CC will be held on 10 October 2012 (12:00-14:00, Geneva Time) and online to coincide with the next meeting of Working Party 3 of ITU-T Study Group 5 to be held from 8 to 12 October 2012.

Annex A

List of participants

Ahmed Zeddam Co-Convener

Dave FaulknerCo-Convener

Cristina BuetiITU/TSB

Bilel Jamoussi ITU/TSB

Colette MaloneyEuropean Commission

Molly WebbClimate Group

Phil Rushton BT

Laura ReyesDatec Technologies Ltd

Haruo OkamuraITU-AJ

Olivier MungerPrompt

Jean Manuel CanetOrange

Ikko FutamiMIC

Takeshi OriguchiNTT

Takafumi HashitaniFujitsu

Daniel KharitonovJuniper Networks

Vin SumnerClicks and Links (UK)

Yong-Woon KimETRI

Hyojin KimETRI

Jeongil YimETRI

Fredrik GuldbrandssonEricsson

Kari LangNokia

Daniela TorresTelefónica

Meng Fan TaoHuawei Technology

Osama NamikawaHitachi

Gilbert ButyAlcatel Lucent

Eyebiyi EliethBenin

Raffaele BollaCNIT

Flavio CucchiettiTelecom Italia

Roger SimakumuRDC

Keith DickersonUK

Dong Yang TanHuawei

Dominique RocheOrange/ETSIATTM