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An Ecodesign preparatory study, analysing whether and which ecodesign requirements should be set for sound and imaging equipment (ENTR Lot 3) was running until end of 2010.

An Ecodesign preparatory study pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] , analysing whether and which ecodesign requirements should be set for sound and imaging equipment (ENTR Lot 3) was running until end of 2010.

The study covers the following products:

  1. video players and recorders;
  2. projectors;
  3. game consoles. 

 

Impact Assessment

An Impact Assessment Study was finalised in spring 2013. The impact assessment identified for video players/recorders and projectors no action as the preferred option. For game consoles, self-regulation is the preferred choice. It could deliver the policy objectives faster, or in a less costly matter than an implementing regulation. However, any projections linked to the evolution of such a dynamic product group as game consoles have to be treated with caution. The variability in functionality and power demands through iterations of each model of a game console needs to be considered, as well as future models of game console coming to market with unknown technical functionalities and power demands. 

 

Voluntary Course of Action

The Ecodesign Directive gives priority to alternative courses of action such as self-regulation by the industry, provided that it has a high level of environmental ambition, and it is likely to deliver the policy objectives faster or in a less costly manner than mandatory requirements. In August 2012 the manufacturers of game consoles presented a draft proposal for a voluntary course of action:

  • Energy Efficiency of Games Consoles - draft proposal pdf - 273 KB [273 KB]
  • Energy Efficiency of Games Consoles - annex pdf - 528 KB [528 KB]

The draft industry proposal is subject to the Impact Assessment process.

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