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SG5 Last Meeting Executive Summary

Executive Summary of the ITU-T Study Group 5 Meeting (Kuala Lumpur, 20-27 April 2016)




Participants: 162 - The final list of participants is available in TD1391 Rev.1.
Contributions: 107
TDs (not counting the revisions): 247
Incoming liaison statements: 32
Outgoing liaison statements: 21

Main discussions and results

At its meeting in Kuala Lumpur, 20-27 April 2016, ITU-T SG5  achieved the following outcomes.

ITU-T Study Group 5 reviewed the text of Resolution 2 (Dubai, 2012) and prepared the text of the Questions proposed for Study Period 2017-2020. See TD1534.

Meeting reports

The draft Report of Working Party 1/5 can be found in TD1396 Rev.5.
The draft Report of Working Party 2/5 can be found in TD1397 Rev.3.
The draft Report of Working Party 3/5 can be found in TD1398 Rev.3.

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 revised Recommendations:

Agreed informative text: None at this meeting.

New work items

TD ​Title
​​TD1503 Rev.1Draft Recommendation K.hnwptp "Home Network port to port coupling"
​TD1502Draft Recommendation K.64safe "Harmonisation with other safety standards"
​TD1511Draft Recommendation K.appmspd "Multiservice surge protective device application guide"

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 revised Recommendations

Agreed informative texts

           Provisional name ​Title
K.Suppl.5 - ITU-T K.81 Estimation examples of the high-power electromagnetic threat and vulnerability for telecommunication systems (TD1437 Rev.3)
Appendix I to ITU-T K.70New version v.6.01 of the software EMF-estimator (TD1468)

New work items

TD ​Title
​​TD1461 Rev.1Draft Recommendation ITU-T K.IPE “Electromagnetic Compatibility requirements and measurement methods for Information Perception Equipment”

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:

None at this meeting 

Consented new Recommendations Agreed informative texts
Provisional name ​Title
L.Suppl.21 ​Implementation guidance for ICT SME supply chain due diligence for conflict minerals (TD1513 Rev.1)
L.Suppl.4 (Revised) Guidelines for developing a sustainable e-waste management system (TD1479)
L.Suppl.22: ITU-T L.1700Low-cost sustainable telecommunication for rural communications in developing countries using fibre optic cable (TD1463 Rev.2)
L.Suppl.23: ITU-T L.1700    ​Low-cost sustainable telecommunications for rural communications in developing countries using microwave and millimetre radio links (TD1443 Rev.1)
L.Suppl.24: ITU-T L.1500 Overview of climate change effects and possible impacts (TD1495)
L.Suppl.25: ITU-T L.1502 Best practices for infrastructure adaptation to climate change (TD1387 Rev.3)
L.Suppl.26: ITU-T L.1410 Case Study: the assessment of greenhouse gas emission of a hybrid satellite broadband system over its life cycle (TD1489 Rev.1)
L.Suppl.17: ITU-T L.1600 series (Revised) Definition for smart sustainable city (TD1515 Rev.1)

Agreed questionnaires:

None at this meeting

New work items

TD ​Title
TD1519 Rev.4​Draft Recommendation L.BMM "Base station site energy parameter measurement methodology"
TD1518 Rev.4​Draft Supplement to L.RBS "Radio base station site best practices"
TD1527Draft Supplement to ITU-T L.1410 "Example of LCA of the aggregated second order effects of selected ICT services"
TD1491 Rev.2Draft Recommendation L.ext_arch "Extended architecture of power feeding systems of up to 400 VDC"

Dates of next SG5 meeting

The next meeting of ITU-T SG5 will take place in Geneva from 10 to 14 October 2016.

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 Africa Region (SG5 RG-AFR) can be found in TD1417.

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. 

11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change

The 11th ITU Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change took place on 21 April 2016 and was attended by over 300 participants. The objective of the symposium was to raise awareness of the potential ICTs possess to address environmental challenges and to encourage stakeholders to integrate existing and emerging ICT-based solutions into their activities for an overall ‘smarter’ and more holistically ‘sustainable’ future for mankind.

This Symposium brought together over 300 leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.

The EMF Guide & Mobile App on EMF translated into Malay was launched during the Symposium by Dato'Jailani Johari, Deputy Minister of Communication & Multimedia, Malaysia.  The Deputy Minister highlighted the importance of effective and clear communication with the Malaysian public and how the EMF Guide will provide a most valuable resource.

The presentations on EMF included an update from the World Health Organization, a global approach to EMF Management and standards, and updates on measurements and calculations of EMF from ITU-T SG5 experts, and EMF Enforcement & Regulatory Approaches in Malaysia.

Programme and presentations can be found at:

Connect 2020 Agenda 

Two sessions on Connect 2020 agenda with a special focus on environmental sustainability goals took place on 20 and 25 April 2016.
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 execution 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 second 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 and the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015.
Please see: TD1413; TD1528. Agreed next steps are contained in TD1528.