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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.


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: 24 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.

Draft updated guidlines for Voluntary agreements on imaging equipment were disscussed in Consultation Forum 12 June 2014. View more here.

    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.

    Background

    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.

    A 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.

    The expected savings of the agreement are 6.5 TWh/year by 2016.

    Date Process Key documents
    Nov 2012 Commission report of impact assessment

    Commission report (pdf)

    9 Oct 12 Consultation Forum

    Note from Steering Committee (pdf)
    Report of independent inspector (pdf)
    Presentation DIF (pdf)
    Presentation Ecofys (pdf)

    May 2012 Interservice Consultation

    WD (pdf)
    Explanatory notes (pdf)
    Voluntary agreement (version 3.0, Sept 2011) (pdf)

    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

    Working documents (zip)

    Comments before CF (zip)
    Comments eceee (pdf)

    2009 Study on complex set top boxes

    www.ecocomplexstb.org
    Final report (pdf)

    Products & status