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SG5 Last Meeting Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Meeting (Geneva, 12-23 October 2015)




Participants: 143 - The final list of participants is available in TD1138R2.
Contributions: 136
TDs (not counting the revisions): 335
Incoming liaison statements: 47
Outgoing liaison statements: 32

Main discussions and results

At its meeting in Geneva, 12-23 October 2015, ITU-T SG5  achieved the following outcomes.

Meeting reports:

The draft Report of Working Party 1/5 can be found in TD1283R1.
The draft Report of Working Party 2/5 can be found in TD1284R2.
The draft Report of Working Party 3/5 can be found in TD1281R4.

Working Party 1/5 – Damage prevention and safety 

Working Party 1 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:

Consented Recommendations

Agreed informative text

Document ​Title
Supplement to ITU-T K-series Recommendations -
ITU-T K.20, K.21, K.45 and K.82       
​​Additional criteria to protect telecommunication cabling during a power cross event (TD1274)

New work item

TD ​Title
​​TD1198Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.jup: Joint-use of poles by telecommunication and solidly earthed power lines
TD1197​Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.idc: Dangerous effects and protective measures against electromagnetic disturbances when internet data centre is co-sited with high-voltage substation
TD1216R1​Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.vss: Lightning protection and earthing of video surveillance system
TD1275R1Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.psp: Protection of small-size telecommunication installation with poor earthing condition

Working Party 2/5 – Electromagnetic fields: emissions, immunity and human exposure 

Working Party 2 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:

Consented Recommendations

Agreed informative text

            Document ​Title
Supplement 2 to ITU-T K.91 Electromagnetic field (EMF) considerations in smart sustainable cities (TD1256)

New work items

TD ​Title
​​TD1223R1Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.emf “Exposure levels in the close proximity of the radiocommunication antennas”
TD1268 ​Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.light “EMC requirements for lighting equipment installed in the telecommunication equipment room”
​TD1169R2 ​Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.soft_mes “Quality estimation method and application guidelines for countermeasures based on atmospheric radiation tests”
​TD1168R2​Draft Recommendation K.soft_test “Test methods for atmospheric radiation effects on telecommunications equipment”
​TD1167R2​Draft Recommendation K.soft_des “Design methodologies for applying soft error countermeasures in telecommunications systems”
​TD1166R2 ​Draft Recommendation K.soft_ba “Overview of atmospheric radiation effects on telecommunications systems”

Working Party 3/5 – ICT and climate change

Working Party 3 made significant progress on its Work Programme and achieved the following key outcomes:

Approved Recommendation

Consented Recommendations

Adaptation to climate change
E-waste reduction
Energy Efficiency Efficient Power Feeding Solution Methodologies and Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities

Agreed informative texts

Document ​Title
Supplement to ITU-T L-series Recommendations ​Green Public ICT Procurement (TD1286)
Supplement to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1500 Requirements for water sensing and early warning systems (TD1226)
​Supplement to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1500​Smart water management in cities (TD1227)
Supplement to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1500 ​Standardization gap analysis for smart water management (TD1255)
Supplement to ITU-T L.1410 Case study: a hybrid approach based comparative analysis of the environmental impact of a baseline data centre and an energy-efficient data centre (TD1225)
Supplement 1 to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1600 ​Definition for smart sustainable city (TD1188R1)
Supplement 2 to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1600 Smart sustainable cities: an analysis of definitions (TD1214)
Supplement 3 to ITU-T L-series Recommendations - L.1600​Key performance indicators definitions for smart sustainable cities (TD1206)

Agreed questionnaires

TD ​Title
TD1187       ​Green ICT standard landscape questionnaire

New work items

TD ​Title
TD1278​Supplement on Green public ICT procurement (Supp_Green_ICT_proc)
TD1277​Supplement on Extended Producer Responsibility (Supp_Extended Producer)
Supplement on low cost sustainable telecommunications for rural communications in developing countries using cellular radio technologies (L.supp.CRT)
TD1258R1Supplement on Best practices for Infrastructure Adaptation (L.Infra_Best_Practices)
TD1157R1Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.mnee “Assessment of mobile network energy efficiency"
TD1170R1Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.GAL2 - Interface for power management in NFV environments “Green Abstraction Layer2”
TD1174Draft Recommendation ITU-T L.mmNFV - Measurement method for energy efficiency of Network Function Virtualization
​TD1229​Supplement on Green ICT standard landscape questionnaire (Suppl. Green ICT SLQ)

Other activities:

A new EMF Guide & Mobile App on EMF was launched during the last SG5 meeting. The EMF Guide and App in 6 languages provides information and education resources on Electromagnetic Fields suitable for all communities, stakeholders and governments and is available online at or via the iOS, Blackberry World and Google Play app stores. The Mobile app offers an introduction to EMF and their relationship with health, as well as the various internationally agreed guidelines and standards designed to ensure safety in the use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies. It is designed for smart phones, tablets or desktops.

For more information, please see our Info Sheet.

View EMF Guide information video developed during SG5 meeting.
View EMF Guide summary presentation
EMF Guide Blog (20 October 2015) written by Mike Wood, WP2/5 Chairman

Dates of next SG5 meeting

The proposed next meeting of ITU-T SG5 will take place from 18 April to 29 April 2016 in Malaysia (date and venue to be confirmed).

Rapporteur group meetings (including e-meetings)

The complete list of planned meetings can be found at:

Regional Groups of SG5

The report of the Regional Group of SG5 for the Arab Region (SG5 RG-ARB) can be found in TD1289.

Results in terms of Recommendations and Other Publications

Please click here to see the meeting results concerning the Recommendations.

Updates in the SG 5 Management Team and Rapporteurs

Click here for the complete list of SG5 Rapporteurs and Associate Rapporteurs.
Click here for the complete list of SG5 Liaison Rapporteurs and other representative roles.
Click here for the complete list of SG5 management team. 

Joint Coordination Activity on ICT & Climate Change (JCA ICT&CC)

The last Meeting of the JCA ICT&CC was held on 14 October 2015 under the Chairmanship of Ahmed Zeddam and Dave Faulkner. The meeting focused on "Cooperation with SDOs and other organizations" in the area of ICT and Climate Change.
The documents and the presentations of the meeting can be found here. The summary of meeting can be found in TD1241. It was agreed to close the JCA-ICT&CC as it met its objectives.

Joint coordination session between SG5 and SG20

A joint coordination session between SG5 and SG20 took place on 20 October 2015.

Following TSAG's decision to create a new Study Group 20 on "Internet of Thing (IoT) and its applications, including smart cities and communities" and taking into consideration the need for SG5 to revise the wording of the text of Q20/5 in order to avoid any overlap between the two Study Groups, SG5 has agreed to proceed as follows:

Forum on Internet of Things: Empowering the New Urban Agenda

A forum on Internet of Things: Empowering the New Urban Agenda took place on 19 October 2015 and was attended by over 200 participants. This forum discussed, inter alia, the role that Internet of Things (IoT) plays in relation to converging technologies for building smart sustainable cities with integrated ecosystems.

This forum brought together smart city stakeholders, managers and engineers working with IoT applications, service providers planning on delivering IoT solutions, and policy and standards makers. It assembled IoT experts from industry, government and academia.

Programme and presentations can be found at:

Connect 2020 Agenda 

A session on Connect 2020 agenda with a special focus on environmental sustainability goals took place on 15 October 2015.

An implementation initiative covering issuing pertaining to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and e-waste generated by the ICT sector was required to achieve the Connect 2020 Agenda targets for environmental sustainability.  Within the Connect 2020 Agenda, Target 3.2 calls for the reduction of the volume of redundant e-waste by 50% by the year 2020, while target 3.3 advocates that GHG emissions generated by the telecommunication/ICT sector should be decreased per device by 30% by 2020.  In order to facilitate the attainment of these targets, two separate roadmaps have been defined by ITU Study Group 5 on "Environment and Climate Change".

The Implementation Initiative includes several phases, including an initial definition of its vision and mission, according to the Connect 2020 goals and the ICT sector goals.  Secondly, the initiative will be followed by an analysis of the requirements for the success of its implementation; including three steps: 1) the identification of the ICT Sector Challenges and Opportunities in this framework, 2) the definition of the correct Governance model for the implementation initiative and 3) a financial model to allocate the necessary resources for the implementation initiative and the subsequent follow up.

The next part of the Initiative includes the roadmaps implementation activities to be carried out by the different actors, to guarantee the accomplishment of the Connect 2020 targets.  Finally, the Initiative will require the definition of several metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to follow up on the advancement of the roadmaps and their success. This must be supported by an effective communications plan, led by ITU and its members.

In addition, this Initiative proposes an implementation schedule from early 2016 until 2020, based on which decisive actions must be taken in the first semester of 2016. Activities in the individual roadmaps cover the attainment of targets pertaining to the reduction of GHG emissions and e-waste and aim to contribute to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by UN-Member States in September, 2015 (TD1146; TD1177; TD1282R1)