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Expectations are that broadband equipment will contribute considerably to the electricity consumption of households in Europe in the near future. Depending on the penetration level, the specifications of the equipment and the requirements of the service provider. The total energy consumption for broadband communication equipment in Europe was estimated in 2015 at 50 TWh per year. With the general principles and actions resulting from the implementation of this Code of Conduct the (maximum) electricity consumption could be limited to 25 TWh per year, this is equivalent to 5,5 Million tons of oil equivalent (toe) and to total saving of about € 7,5 Billion per year.
To help all parties to address the issue of energy efficiency whilst avoiding competitive pressures to raise energy consumption of equipment all service providers, network operators, equipment and component manufacturers are invited to sign this Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct sets out the basic principles to be followed by all parties involved in broadband equipment, operating in Europe, in respect of energy efficient equipment.
For more details and documentation, visit the Code of Conduct for Broadband Communication Equipment group on E3P.