STEP Mission

The Sustainability in Telecom: Energy and Protection (STEP) Committee engages industry expertise to develop standards and technical reports for telecommunications equipment and environments in the areas of energy efficiency, environmental impacts, power and protection. The work products of STEP enable vendors, operators and their customers to deploy and operate reliable, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient communications technologies. STEP is committed to proactive engagement with national, regional and international standards development organizations and forums that share its scope of work.


The technical requirements, measurement techniques, metrics, and operational practices documented in STEP’s work products encompass:

  • environmental impacts;
  • energy production, storage and distribution systems;
  • energy efficiency, and;
  • electrical and physical protection;

for customer, access, transport and core telecommunications equipment and environments.