FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto, June 1, 2017 – 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 organizations 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% 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.
More information about the new voluntary agreement is available at: http://www.energyefficiency-va.ca/. This new website includes links to the energy usage measurements of all of the set-top box models that have been purchased since the effective date of the agreement, so that consumers and other stakeholders have transparent access to this information.
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) TM is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.
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As the leading innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry, CableLabs creates global impact through its member companies around the world and its subsidiary, Kyrio. With a state-of-the art research and innovation facility and collaborative ecosystem with thousands of vendors, CableLabs delivers impactful network technologies for the entire industry.