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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Carbon Dioxide Storage to Cable Telecommunications Facilities

New York, Mar 26, 2013

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Carbon Dioxide Storage
Climate change caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has become a critical issue for citizens worldwide. Gases that contribute to increased GHG emissions are water vapor, methane, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and carbon dioxide (CO2). Scientific advancements in carbon capture and storage (CCS), the process of capturing waste CO2 from point sources such as power plants and industrial manufacturing plants, has resulted in the publication of CSA Z741-2012, Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide.

This new American National Standard (ANS), published by CSA Group, was developed to promote environmentally safe and long-term containment of carbon dioxide in a way that minimizes risks to the environment and human health. CSA Z741-2012 is primarily applicable to saline aquifers and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs and does not preclude its application to storage associated with hydrocarbon recovery. The standard includes, but is not limited to, the safe design, construction, operation, maintenance, and closure of storage sites, and provides recommendations for the development of management documents, community engagement, risk assessment, and risk communication.

CSA Group, an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good, and sustainability through standards development, training, global testing, consumer product evaluation services, and certification services covering industries such as plumbing, construction, medical, safety, technology, appliances, gas, alternative energy, and lighting.

Cable Telecommunications Facilities
Historically, energy considerations have taken a back seat to meeting cable subscriber demands for compelling new services. But for this rapidly expanding industry, optimizing existing cable telecommunication energy resources now is essential to ensuring the availability and cost-effectiveness of cable service offerings in the future. To establish a foundation of energy efficiency and sustainability for cable telecommunication facilities, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), an ANSI accredited standards developer and organizational member, recently released ANSI/SCTE 186 2012, Product Environmental Requirements for Cable Telecommunications Facilities.

ANSI/SCTE 186 2012 was created to significantly enhance energy efficiency and increase product reliability by defining physical, environmental, electrical, sustainability, and other requirements for the design, manufacture, selection, and installation of new equipment during transportation, storage, operation, and disposal. The new ANS is designed to reduce operational expenses through key metrics such as recommended operating temperature and relative humidity; front-to-back airflow for proper heat exhaust; ability to monitor and measure intake and output of air temperatures on a per-device basis; variable-speed fans with real-time reporting of fan performance; and average computer server power supply efficiency with optimal power supply load levels. Limited to indoor shelf, frame, rack, and cabinet level mission critical cable systems equipment, the standard does not address requirements for outside cable plant equipment.

SCTE is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry, serving its members through excellence in professional development, standards, certification, and information. SCTE works to enhance the careers of technical employees, as well as to provide operators with a well-trained workforce for more efficient systems leading to economic benefits and an improved customer experience.

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