Canadian MVPDs, Suppliers Sign Green Set-Top Box Initiative

Following a similar initiative that’s underway in the U.S., a group of Canadian  MVPDs and some of their key suppliers have inked a voluntary agreement that aims to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes.

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement (CEEVA) aims to reduce total annual energy consumption and avoid more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, equivalent to more than 44,000 sub-compact new vehicles driving 15,000 kilometers per year.

On board with the voluntary program as signatories are Bell, Cogeco Communications, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and Vidéotron, MVPDs that serve more than 88% of Canada’s pay TV market, along with two set-top makers – Arris and EchoStar Technologies.

Under the program, at least 90% of all new set-tops purchased starting this year are expected to meet the agreement’s energy efficiency standards, while also factoring in complementary measures such as the Energy Star program. That, they estimate, will reduce the total annual energy output of Canadian STBs from 3.4 terawatt hours in 2016 to 2.7 TWh in 2021.

They’ll keep track of the results via annual reporting and audit mechanisms.

Several other organizations and companies are also extending their support, including Natural Resources Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, Quebec’s Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, Manitoba’s Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, BC Hydro, Independent Electricity System Operator, Manitoba Hydro, SaskPower, and Hydro Québec, the Consumer Technology Association, CableLabs and CSA Group.

Several U.S. MVPDs forged a similar voluntary energy-saving agreement for set-tops in late 2012 and a cross-industry group announced the standards to be applied the following year. That was later followed by an agreement focused on routers, modems and other broadband equipment.