Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Green ICT Standards in Development

The ITU-T Study Group 5 is developing standards and guidelines on sustainable ICT. Unfortunately the draft ITU-T documents which are freely available are very large and poorly formatted. As an example, "Best practices for green data centers" (L.1300) is an 8 Mbyte file, which is much larger than it need be. Other documents are exorbitantly expensive, such as 49 Swiss Francs for Methodology for environmental impact assessment of information and communication technologies goods, networks and services" (L.1410). The ITU-T should follow the practices of the World Wide Web Consortium by releasing efficiently formatted standards documents which are available for free online.

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