Published on: 2010-10-28

In a major drive for a more energy efficient ICT sector, GeSI member companies signed Codes of Conduct on energy consumption of broadband equipment and data centres, in the presence of Commissioner Kroes. These voluntary commitments from the ICT sector will lead to savings of up to 25TWh per year in relation to the provision of broadband equipment, and also to significant reductions in the energy consumed by data centres. These savings will help achieve Europe’s climate targets, but consumers will also feel the benefit in their pocket, since they have the greatest share of ICT energy consumption.

The uptake of broadband and the demands on data centres are expected to increase across Europe over the coming years. The Codes of Conduct, developed by the European Commission, commit signatories to meet power consumption targets for broadband equipment and data centres, and to provide benefit and information to customers on the energy consumption of their ICT products.

‘Today’s signing brings together technology vendors and telecoms operators in a unique collaboration for energy efficient ICT equipment’, stated Luis Neves, GeSI Chair. ‘The codes of conduct contain real, measurable targets, and I am delighted that so many GeSI members are leading the greening of the ICT sector.’

The new signatories to the codes are A1 Telekom Austria, Belgacom, BT, KPN, Orange/France Telecom, OTE, Portugal Telecom, TDC, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor, and Turk Telekom. The signing, in the presence of Commissioner Neelie Kroes, will bring these new signings together with existing signatories Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, HP, Huawei, Microsoft, Nokia Siemens Networks, Swisscom, and TeliaSonera.

The addition of the new signatories to the Codes of Conduct greatly increases the scope of the Codes, which, for broadband, will increase from up to 32% to cover up to 75% of the EU broadband market (analysis by Arthur D. Little). The inclusion of non-EU companies in the list of signatories also gives the Codes of Conduct a push towards becoming global standards for energy efficiency.

Commenting on the greatly extended coverage of the Codes, Luis Neves added, ‘citizens have no voice and impact in the ICT market so our action will fill this gap, delivering a very important result.’

For more information contact Simon Wilson (Edelman | The Centre), 0032 476 402384 ;

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