nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2022‒09‒12
two papers chosen by
Marek Giebel
Universität Dortmund

  1. Best Environmental Management Practice in the Telecommunications and ICT Services sector By CANFORA Paolo; GAUDILLAT Pierre; ANTONOPOULOS Ioannis; DRI Marco
  2. Revision of the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Computers and Monitors (and extension to Smartphones) By ALFIERI Felice; SANFELIX FORNER Javier Vicente; BERNAD BELTRAN David; SPILIOTOPOULOS Christoforos; GRAULICH Kathrin; MOCH Katja; QUACK Dietlinde

  1. By: CANFORA Paolo (European Commission - JRC); GAUDILLAT Pierre (European Commission - JRC); ANTONOPOULOS Ioannis (European Commission - JRC); DRI Marco (European Commission - JRC)
    Abstract: The steady growth over the past decades of the Telecommunications and ICT Services sector, and its uninterrupted progress with the constant provision of renewed and ever-faster services as well as new applications, has transformed many aspects of our society and lives but has also spurred the development of ever more power- and resource-hungry systems, contributing to the sector’s ever-growing environmental footprint. On the basis of an in-depth analysis of the actions implemented by environmental front runners and of existing EU and industry initiatives addressing the environmental performance of the sector, this report describes a set of best practices with high potential for larger uptake. These are called Best Environmental Management Practices (BEMPs). The BEMPs, identified in close cooperation with a technical working group comprising experts from the sector, cover improvement of environmental performance across all significant environmental aspects (energy consumption, resource consumption, etc.) at the different life cycle stages (planning and design, installation, operation, end-of-life management, etc.) and for different ICT assets (software, data centres, etc.). Besides actions aimed at reducing the environmental impact of Telecommunications and ICT Services operations (with a special focus on data centres and telecommunications networks), the report also identifies best practices in the ICT sector that contribute towards reducing the environmental impact of other sectors of the economy ("greening by ICT" measures).The report gives a wide range of information (environmental benefits, economics, indicators, benchmarks, references, etc.) for each of the proposed best practices in order to be a source of inspiration and guidance for any company in the sector wishing to improve its environmental performance. In addition, it will be the technical basis for a Sectoral Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice for the Telecommunications and ICT Services sector, to be produced by the European Commission according to Article 46 of Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 (EMAS Regulation).
    Keywords: Best environmental management practice, telecommunications and ICT services
    Date: 2020–09
  2. By: ALFIERI Felice (European Commission - JRC); SANFELIX FORNER Javier Vicente (European Commission - JRC); BERNAD BELTRAN David (European Commission - JRC); SPILIOTOPOULOS Christoforos (European Commission - JRC); GRAULICH Kathrin; MOCH Katja; QUACK Dietlinde
    Abstract: This report is the final science for policy report supporting the revision of the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Computers and Monitors, and the extension of these criteria to Smartphones.These EU GPP Criteria aim at helping public authorities to ensure that ICT equipment and services are procured in such a way that they deliver environmental improvements that contribute to European policy objectives for energy, climate change and resource efficiency, as well as reducing life cycle costs. The revision process has taken into account market and technical developments as well as the experience gained by stakeholders in the application of the previous version of criteria.These criteria for computers, monitors, tablets and smartphones focus on the most significant environmental impacts during their life cycle, which have been divided into four distinct areas: product lifetime extension; energy consumption; hazardous substances; end-of-life management. This set of criteria also includes a further category of criteria that apply to separate procurements for refurbished/remanufactured devices and related services.For each area of focus, one or more criteria are provided, accompanied by the background technical rationale and a summary of the stakeholder contributions that support the final version of each criterion. Procurers can apply the criteria and engage tenderers to reduce the life cycle environmental impacts of their activities, focusing on those areas presenting the most improvement opportunities from cost and market perspectives and for which performance can be verified. The identified procurement processes and final green criteria are also described in a separate document, published as a Staff Working Document of the Commission: SWD(2021) 57 final. Together these two documents aim to provide public authorities with orientation on how to effectively integrate these EU GPP criteria into their procurement processes.
    Keywords: Green Public Procurement, ICT, circularity, energy efficiency
    Date: 2021–05

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