Standards for Greener Information and Communication Technology

These five sets can help improve the environment

21 March 2016

More than 50 IEEE standards in five groups—many of them listed above—are helping make information and communication technology more energy-efficient and produce less amounts of greenhouse gases.

The IEEE 1888 Standard for Ubiquitous Green Community Control Network Protocol and the others in the suite are aimed at helping cities, houses, factories, and commercial buildings become green through the use of more efficient sensors; surveillance monitors; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units; and lighting systems. The standard was initiated by a number of Chinese organizations to address their country’s surging energy use.

The IEEE 1680 suite of standards for the environmental assessment of electronic products provides performance criteria that manufacturers must meet when designing environmentally friendly computers, monitors, tablets, and other products. For example, in the IEEE 1680.1 standard for PC products, more than 20 criteria are enumerated.

IEEE also has standards for energy-efficient communications network protocols, which can have significant impact on a system’s overall energy dissipation.

There are also a number of standards that describe how to connect renewable energy sources to the grid.

And standards focused on energy efficiency cover a wide variety of concerns including control of power to electronic devices and developing low-power ICs.

The IEEE 2030.5 Standard for Smart Energy Profile Application Protocol, for example, defines how utilities should manage the end user’s energy environment, including offering demand response, load control, and distributed generation.

Also in this group is the IEEE P1889 guide, which provides instructions for evaluating and testing the electronic performance of energy-saving devices.

For more information, visit IEEE Standards Association website.  

This article appears in the March 2016 print issue as “IEEE Standards for Greener ICT.”

This article is part of our March 2016 special report on green ICT.

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