Sustainable Technology in Broadcasting

Helps Members to understand how to use sustainability measurement and metrics to deliver business transformation.

Research shows that televisions and associated devices are responsible for about two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions (similar to the aviation industry). This percentage is only expected to grow as the cost of energy and resources increases. As public service broadcasters, we have a responsibility to improve the environmental performance of the broadcasting industry to make it more sustainable. 

EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan

Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan. Strategic programmes and project groups are set up to focus on specific areas of interest. To access the latest Workplan, click here.

EBU Interdisciplinary Programme on Sustainable Technology in Broadcasting

  • Helps Members to understand how to use sustainability measurement and metrics to deliver business transformation thus aiding informed decision making.
  • Supports the use of case studies that take advantage of work done in other related industries, such as the ICT sector.
  • Produces guidelines on best practice in sustainable production and develop a common methodology for measuring the carbon footprint of production.
  • Acts as a collective voice when liaising with other groups who seek to engage with the broadcasting industry on sustainability and environmental issues, such as the ITU and other stakeholders.

​Join us

If you are interested in Sustainable Technology in Broadcasting, join our group on this topic and participate in the discussions.  Some restrictions may apply. 

Coming soon!

EBU launches NLE user group

NTS 2018 on stream

Digital Radio Week 2018

A burning question on displays

EBU surveys Members on AR

EBU prepares Multi-CDN pilot

New hope for DTT in Turkey?

EBU loudness changes

14 Feb 2019

EBU, Geneva

Building on the work of the first Radio Archive Workshop, held in February 2018, we are again hosting the event centred around radio archives for archivists, technologists and content creators.

Register More info

26 - 27 Mar 2019

EBU Geneva

BroadThinking is the seminar where broadcast meets broadband and a key event for anyone interested in 5G, CDNs, streaming technology, interactivity and more.

More info

The inaugural European Championships in summer 2018 provided a perfect opportunity to test several emerging technologies. This issue of tech-i looks at what was done in terms of both production and distribution, covering advanced video and audio formats and potential 5G approaches.

In order to achieve plug-and-play interoperability in ST-2110-based Live IP production infrastructures, a 'Full Stack' of protocols is sought. This slide details the 'Minimum Stack' of protocolls needed to achieve this goal.

The pressure on spectrum in the UHF band, where DTT is mainly implemented, has given rise to the idea that Band III could be used for DTT instead. This guide tells you why this is NOT the case and how you can contribute to the discussions.

The renewed momentum across Europe behind the transition to digital radio providing new possibilities for innovation in the service offering. Alongside this, hybrid enables innovation in the user experience by enhancing broadcast with broadband-delivered services.

For Public Service Media access services such as subtitling are very important. The formats used for its creation and distribution are evolving and converging around IMSC.

The Interoperable Master Format is a SMPTE standard for the interchange of multi-version, finished audio-visual content. How relevant is it for broadcasters?

The workplan sets the framework of strategic activities of the Technical Committee and its Strategic Programmes, leveraging the collective expertise of our community and encouraging collaboration amongst the Members. 

The Media Technology Pulse is a publication from the EBU Technology & Innovation department, highlighting critical media technology trends for EBU Members.

The March 2018 issue of EBU tech-i magazine comes at the topics of AI and machine learning from several angles. Patrick Arnecke (SRF) surveys some of the many tools and services already on the market, while Conor Ryan (RTÉ) explains how data journalism helps to uncover groundbreaking news stories.

In 2017, Augmented Reality gained momentum due to the release of Software Development Kits and Computer Graphics productions from big players, such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Snapchat. This guide provides an introduction to the latest AR developments.

Many countries ensure that high quality media content is available to all citizens. This public policy objective includes obligations for PSM providers to produce content and services, and make them universally available and free at the point of reception.

PSM organisations produce content and services for linear and non-linear distribution. A set of distribution requirements has been defined to ensure the desired availability and technical quality of PSM services across all platforms and on all devices.

The advent of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) video naturally leads to consideration of what constitutes a good monitor for use with such signals.

The Media Technology Pulse is a new publication from the EBU Technology & Innovation department, highlighting 12 critical media technology trends for EBU Members.

PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) equipment manufacturers and users want to use part of the 700 MHz band to deploy dedicated PPDR networks in order to benefit from the LTE technology developed in the same band.

The JT-NM WebFirst UHD Sports Scenario Analysis develops a set of user requirements based on introducing two potentially disruptive concepts to traditional broadcasting; two-way connectivity with the end consumer, and the introduction of Internet Technology and all that brings with it, including big data techniques, large-scale virtualization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.

The EBU’s Loudness work has become a resounding international success. Many national broadcasters have adopted it and over 70 product manufacturers are offering tools in support of EBU R 128.

The EBU is pleased to report that Region 1, most of Region 3 and South American countries in Region 2 have secured spectrum to facilitate investments that will stabilize Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) well into the 2020s.

EBU Timed Text (EBU-TT) is the successor of the EBU STL subtitling format. It supports the production and archiving of subtitles, legacy STL file transcoding and tunnelling, online distribution and live subtitling.

This report reflects thelatest information based on feedback from amongst the EBU MIM community concerning their use of metadata, the metadata specifications used (standards or in-house formats), formats and domains of application. This is the August 2015 revision.

EBU tech-i magazine, Issue 24 explains why Hybrid is here to stay, how HbbTV applicatiins can be discovered over broadband, everything you need to know about Netflix, plus... what's in the sandbox. And there is more!

The use of LED light sources may introduce colorimetric problems. This software package (updated April 2015) contains applications for assessing the colorimetric quality of TV lighting and the supplement "An Introduction to Spectroradiometry".

EBU tech-i magazine, Issue 23 tells you how you can produce smarter, introduces future broadcasting architectures, dives into the use of the 700 MHz band, explains how hackers have become 'smart', and more...

This aim of this is to assist EBU members in their dialogue with the Administrations with regard to their position on Agenda Item 1.1 (identification of  additional spectrum bands for mobile broadband services) at the ITU World Radiocommunications Conference in 2015 (WRC-15).

PSM organisations produce content and services for linear and non-linear distribution. This set of requirements is to ensure the desired availability and technical quality of PSM services across all distribution platforms and on all devices.

EBU tech-i magazine, issue 22 explains why Video did NOT kill radio and what the future of radio will be like. And there is more, including Cross-Platform Authentication and a look at the state of loudness normalisation in Europe.

An increasing number of commercial organizations and regulators are investigating the use of spectrum that is locally unused by broadcasting. The EBU has actively participated in defining the complex conditions required for more efficient use of spectrum.

Access to spectrum for free-to-air content delivery is central to the success of most EBU Members. Facing increased pressure through successive ITU WRCs, the EBU is helping its Members to retain access to spectrum and to secure the future of the terrestrial platform.

EBU.IO (Inputs & Outputs) is a platform for Agile Collaboration. It allows EBU Members to share their knowledge, publish code and reference implementations, run demonstrations and proof-of-concepts, access starter kits, and manage experimental services.

Together with its members and industry partners, the EBU has created UHD test material to facilitatie R&D activities' scientific testing. This material aims to increase the insight into various UHDTV technologies and their value.

LEDs and other new technologies are an attractive solution as modern and efficient light sources for television productions. However, their introduction is leading to unintended and possibly expensive consequences of poor colour reproduction. The EBU is helping to address the issues.

No single delivery platform is capable of supporting the whole range of broadcast services and receiving devices. EBU Members already employ multiple platforms to ensure universal reach of their services. Cooperative use of networks could further exploit synergies.

Different countries have different TV distribution markets: some countries have higher satellite or cable penetration than Digital Terrestrial Television ( DTT) . This document shows that although alternative distribution platforms for linear television exist they cannot replace DTT.

Issue 20 of tech-i includes news on newsrooms, addresses the question if FTA TV is dead, takes a look at MPEG MMT, provides a profile of the new EBU TC chairman Egon Verharen (NPO) and features two articles explaining what UHDTV will offer. And there is more...

The mantra of this document is “good enough storage solutions at reasonable costs”. The document discusses "good enough storage" in the context of broadcasting and provides understanding about the differences between prices and costs.

Issue 19 of tech-i includes articles on Mobile Journalism at RTÉ in Ireland, a new free cooling system at RTP in Portugal, and the outsourcing of content streaming at DR in Denmark. There are also updates on the Joint Task Force on Networked Production, and more...

Issue 18 of tech-i turns its attention to radio. Articles include a report on progress towards FM switch-off in Norway, an update on the EBU's Euro-Chip initiative and a view on why radio needs a higher profile on smartphones, the Swiss Media Cloud project, and a lot more.

Audio is an all pervasive, all important and, ironically, an almost unnoticed element in modern broadcasting. In the second decade of the 21st century, audio will become much more immersive and will literally run rings around anything that video can simulate.

Broadcasters face on a daily basis the challenge of distributing large libraries of video to an online audience that uses a multitude of different devices and technologies. The EBU is investigating strategies to maximize the quality of experience with interoperable broadcast services in this fragmented environment.

Increasingly broadcasters are using data network services for professional media transport. But the transition to these new methods requires adaptation, communication and learning. The EBU is helping its Members by specifying and testing standards and providing guidelines for interoperability and negotiation of Service Level Agreements.

Online internet and off-air broadcast TV together in a single service and device: the boundary between the two is disappearing. With Hybrid TV comes a rich entertainment experience with the convenience of broadband and the appeal of high quality broadcast. The EBU is at the centre of industry efforts and helps Members to exploit the possibilities.

Issue 17 of tech-i  looks at UHDTV, with SVT's Per Björkman on the UHD equation, Hans Hoffmann on UHD technology parameters, David Wood on high frame rates, and a report on the recent shoot of the Eurovision Young Dancers.

This article explains the current state of video file quality control at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). In general, QC activities at Yle try to ensure that play-out automation can play back a video file, that the technical quality of the video and audio are acceptable, and that there are no issues that have not been detected by the automated QC.