Status: Voluntary agreement recognised
Consultation Forum and proposal
Voluntary agreements (or self-regulatory initiatives) may be discussed in the Consultation Forum as an alternative for implementing measures. This can be done with or without a preparatory study.
Industry may present a draft proposal for a unilateral voluntary agreement to the Commission, which invites industry to present the proposal at the Consultation Forum.
Impact assessment and ISC
After consulting members of the Consultation Forum, the Commission makes an impact assessment to see whether the proposal fulfils the criteria of the Ecodesign Directive.
The proposal is also sent to Inter-service consultation, which means an internal consultation of the different services of the Commission.
Depending on the feedback, the industry can submit a revised proposal to the Commission.
Voluntary agreement recognised
If the voluntary agreement is deemed acceptable and conforming to the Ecodesign Directive, it is endorsed. As long as the agreement delivers the expected results, no mandatory measure is adopted for this product group.
A monitoring steering body (Steering Committee) is set up, composed by the signatories. The Commission, Member States representatives and other stakeholders (including NGOs) can join the committee.
Lot 18: Complex set top boxes
Last updated: 25 October 2013
The Commission has recognised the voluntary agreement for complex set top boxes as an alternative to regulation. A draft version 4 of the agreement, including a proposed tier 3 is now available at the web site of the agreement.
The impact assessment showed that the proposed voluntary agreement meets the criteria set out in the Ecodesign Directive and that it offers similar energy savings to those that could be obtained from a possible regulation.
The expected savings of the voluntary agreement are 6.5 TWh/year by 2016.
Scope and target
This product group covers digital convertors for TVs, including additional features such as pay-TV and network connectivity.
The Voluntary Agreement entered into force 1 July 2010. The second tier becomes effective in 2013.
Maximum energy consumption targets are specified in annex D and the agreement also includes reporting obligations and monitoring rules.
The signatories have committed to at least 90% of their CSTBs placed on the EU market would comply with the minimum efficiency requirements in terms of total energy consumption.
Voluntary agreement for this product group was suggested, partly since:
- The energy use of these devises is impacted by the way they are operated by the service providers.
- The function of these devices are quickly evolving, which requires a flexible approach in setting requirements.
Draft guidelines for Voluntary Agreements in general was discussed in Consultation Forum 1 March 2013. For more information, view the section on Voluntary Agreements.
|Nov 2012||Commission report of impact assessment||
Commission report (pdf)
|9 Oct 12||Consultation Forum|
|May 2012||Interservice Consultation|
|30 Nov 11||Meeting of Steering Committee||Voluntary agreement (version 3.0, Sept 2011) (doc)|
|15 Feb 11||Meeting of Steering Committee|
|11 Feb 11||Recommendations from the Commission (pdf)|
|19 Jan 10||Meeting Steering Committee||Meeting minutes (doxc)
Screen digest report ( pdf)
|12 Oct 09||Consultation Forum|
|2009||Study on complex set top boxes|