Access Alert | Environmental Footprint and Data Collection by ARCEP

Access Alert | Environmental Footprint and Data Collection by ARCEP

The impact of the deployment of electronic communications networks, mass production of terminals, operation of data centres, and ever-expanding data consumption on the environment is a subject of growing attention. In 2020, the French Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) started collecting data from the main operators of electronic communications on their environmental footprint.

From 2023, ARCEP extends its data collection to device manufacturers (smartphones, tablets, computers, connected televisions, etc. marketed directly or through a third party in France) and data centre operators.

For terminal manufacturers, this data relates in particular to greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the manufacture and sale of devices, the volume of rare and precious metals used for manufacture, sales volumes of new and refurbished terminals, their total duration of use, or the electricity consumption of televisions and computer screens.

For data centres, this data relates to greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and the volume and sources of water used.

The deadline to send the requested data to ARCEP is 31 March 2023.

If you are interested in learning more about ARCEP’s initiatives in the field of environment protection or require support in sending the necessary data to ARCEP, contact Chrystel Erotokritou, Compliance Manager, at [email protected].

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