The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has announced a multi-year campaign by the SCTE Energy Management Programme.

Energy 2020 is a collaborative venture that brings together the collective vision and technology expertise of cable operators and the vendor community to achieve maximum customer uptime and enablement of cable network capacity growth via successful organization, customer and environmental energy solutions.

Goals for the programme include: reduction of power consumption by 20% on a unit basis; energy cost reduction by 25% on a unit basis; reduction of grid dependency by 10%; optimisation of technical facilities and data centres footprint by 20%; and establishment of vendor partnerships that will impact hardware development by the end of the decade.

The programme is intended to create alignment on standards and best practices, to drive design and implementation of equipment, and to create SCTE training resources. The vendor and operator members of the SCTE Standards Program will work together with the Energy 2020 team to create standards that will be incorporated into future cable network equipment requirements.

"Ensuring both the availability and the efficient use of energy for cable's needs are operational and financial imperatives," said John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable. "Vendors and operators who participate in the SCTE Standards Programme will play pivotal roles in how Energy 2020 shapes future equipment designs and purchases that will help direct our industry's energy requirements."