Last week, signatories met face-to-face for the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement for Set-Top Boxes (CEEVA) in Toronto.
Representatives from each of the signatories as well as Natural Resources Canada and supporting organisations CableLabs and the Consumer Technology Association were in attendance. The parties met to further the implementation of commitments that are expected to reduce the total annual energy consumption of Canadian set-top boxes and cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by over 100,000 metric tonnes, the equivalent of taking more than 44,000 cars off the road.
“We had a full day of positive, productive discussions between signatories and we’re encouraged by the progress made to date,” said Joe Varano, Product Manager at Rogers, who was selected to serve as Chair of the Steering Committee. “This agreement enables us to be at the forefront of energy efficiency and conservation for this product category.”
Voluntary agreement signatories include leading pay-TV service providers Bell, Cogeco, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and Vidéotron; which collectively serve more than 88 per cent of the pay-TV market. Set-top box manufacturers ARRIS and EchoStar Technologies are also signatories.
This voluntary agreement supports the federal, provincial, and territorial governments’ broader efforts to help Canadians and the environment by increasing the energy efficiency of products and equipment.