Alcatel-Lucent has signed the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment. By doing so the company commits to make all reasonable efforts to abide by the principles described in the Code of Conduct (version 3, 2008) for the broadband communications equipment it is developing for communications service providers and enterprises, while maintaining service reliability and quality levels.

Most notable of these principles is the company’s commitment to make all reasonable efforts to achieve the power consumption targets defined in the Code of Conduct for at least 90 percent of the total port count of new model items introduced.

Alcatel-Lucent will annually provide the European Commission with information concerning the energy consumption of the broadband equipment covered by the Code of Conduct. This is equipment primarily deployed into service providers’ networks, but the company also agreed to include certain equipment typically deployed at businesses or homes, such as DSL (digital subscriber line) terminals and optical networking terminals.

“Alcatel-Lucent understands the concern our customers have about the impact their networks have on the environment, and we have taken an advanced, structured and holistic approach toward developing eco-sustainable solutions. A key component of our program is to build smarter, eco-sustainable networks for them, while helping them reduce their total cost of ownership,” said James Watt, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent Carrier Group. “We applaud the signatories of this code of conduct because we support the industry’s efforts to become more energy efficient. We know the communications industry through the development of innovative communications applications will play a critical role in enabling all industries to reduce their carbon footprint.”