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Advancing Energy Efficiency Programs and Initiatives

Small Network Equipment Voluntary Agreement

In 2015, industry-leading Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers joined the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to launch a groundbreaking Small Network Equipment Voluntary Agreement.

The agreement set rigorous requirements to improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment (SNE) by 10 to 20 percent compared to typically-deployed devices and cover more than 90 percent of U.S. broadband households – roughly 80 million homes.

To create accountability and support transparency, companies involved in the agreement will publicly report SNE energy use, including annual progress reports conducted by an independent third party. Additionally, the agreement mandates annual verification audits to ensure SNE devices are performing at the efficiency levels specified in the agreement, as well as regular consultation and engagement with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.


Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement
In 2012, Fifteen industry-leading multichannel video providers and device manufacturers that deliver service to more than 90 million American households, launched an unprecedented Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement.
In 2013, U.S. Energy Department, The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced new Tier 2 commitments to significantly  broaden the 2012 voluntary agreement. These new standards will improve set-top box efficiency up to 45 percent by 2017 and are expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually. The agreement was designed to be an effective substitute for all federal and state legislative and regulatory mandates for set-top boxes.
Companies involved in the Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement will meet regularly to review and update energy efficiency measures, and to host ongoing discussions with the DOE, the EPA and other interested government agencies and stakeholders on new technologies and equipment. To create accountability and support transparency, the agreement’s terms include detailed processes for verification of set-top box performance in the field; annual public reporting on energy efficiency improvements; and posting of product power consumption information by each company for its customers.

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Energy Efficiency of Consumer Electronics

CEA supports voluntary, market-oriented programs and initiatives, including industry-led standards, which highlight and sustain energy efficiency in the consumer electronics industry. CEA continues to work cooperatively with governments in the development of energy efficiency initiatives that complement and support voluntary approaches and continued innovation, expanded consumer choice, and enhanced product functionality. CEA opposes government-imposed approaches that stifle innovation, reduce consumer choice, and limit product features and services. 

CEA members, through the association's Energy Efficiency Working Group (EEWG), monitor, shape and support CEA's public policy activities and industry initiatives related to energy efficiency at the local, national and international levels.

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Industry-Led Standards

Recent and ongoing industry-led standards initiatives include:

ANSI/CEA-2043 (Set-top Box (STB) Power Measurement)
ANSI/CEA-2037 (Determination of Television Average Power Consumption)
CEA-2037-A (In Progress Revision:  Determination of Television Average Power Consumption)
CEA-2042.3 (In Progress New Standard:  Methods of Measurement for Energy Efficiency and Standby Power of Wireless Systems)
ANSI/CEA-2045 (Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management)
CEA-2045 Amendment 1 (In Progress Amendment:  Modular Communications Interface for Energy Management)
CEA-2047 (In Progress New Standard:  Consumer Electronics – Energy Usage Information)
IEC 62087:2011 – Methods of measurement for the power consumption of audio, video and related equipment (TC100)


CEA is actively engaged in research on the energy consumption of consumer electronics.

Energy Consumption of CE in U.S. Homes in 2013 Final Report by Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), June 2014. 

Energy Consumption of CE in U.S. Homes in 2010 Final Report by Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), December 2011. 

Power Consumption Trends in Digital TVs 
Final Report by TIAX LLC for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), February 2011

The Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impact of Telecommuting and e-Commerce
Final Report by TIAX LLC for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), July 2007
Read the CEA press release (09/19/07).

Energy Consumption by Consumer Electronics in U.S. Residences (160 pages, 936 KB)
Final Report by TIAX LLC for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), December 2007  


CEA works with state and local policymakers on energy efficiency issues related to consumer technology products. 

CEA is currently working in the state of California to combat harmful energy regulations affecting digital televisions. For more, take a look at the California page.


CEA represents the consumer electronics industry before federal policy makers and agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. For many years, the consumer electronics industry has worked cooperatively with government agencies in pursuit of successful voluntary, market-oriented programs and initiatives, such as ENERGY STAR, which highlight and support energy efficient product design and purchasing.

There are almost twenty categories of consumer electronics products that are ENERGY STAR compliant. Find out if your product is ENERGY STAR qualified


International Industry Statement of Principles for Energy Efficiency in Networked Products
Guiding Principles for Energy Efficiency in Networked Consumer Electronics – Signatories as of  January 2013

International Industry Position and Support for Energy Efficiency 
Global Industry Paper on Energy Efficiency - Signatories as of 23-APR-2007

Joint Statement of the Second EU-Japan-US Trilateral ICT-Electronics Associations Meeting
In March 2006, representatives of CEA, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations (EICTA), and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) met to discuss several topics of common interest to their member companies around the world. This trilateral group of European, Japanese and U.S. associations adopted a common position on energy efficiency and issued a final joint statement on issues of common interest, including environmental policy. 


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  • January 2015  CEA recently announced its formal partnership with the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug), joining the center in its efforts to advance energy efficiency, environmental quality and economic growth. CEA is among CalPlug’s founding advisory board members, and with this new financial support for the center, CEA now becomes CalPlug’s largest private-sector donor and a Core Supporter alongside the California Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission.  CalPlug was established in 2011 at the University of California at Irvine to improve energy efficiency in the use and design of appliances and consumer electronics. The center focuses on efficiency evaluation of CE, user-behavior studies and developing energy efficiency solutions, and addresses challenges in plug-load efficiency for both residential and commercial buildings by collaborating closely with utilities, manufacturers, advocacy groups, research institutions and energy policy makers. 


CEA has long supported ENERGY STAR as the most effective and proactive program to encourage consumers to make more energy-conscious choices. Home electronics were responsible for 59 percent of the energy savings achieved by the program for residential products in 2008, according a recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CEA is concerned, however, that EPA’s recently-mandated changes to ENERGY STAR are creating unreasonable burdens for partners and harming international expansion of the program.

  • January 2015 Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) has reintroduced the “ENERGY STAR Regulatory Improvement Act” (H.R. 175). The bill retains EPA’s authority regarding third-party certification for the ENERGY STAR program but allows manufacturers of consumer, home and office electronics to earn their way out third-party certification after a demonstrated track record of compliance.  The provisions of H.R. 175 are the same as the CEA supported bill Rep. Womack and other members sponsored during the last Congress. EPA’s third-party certification mandate for ENERGY STAR has been an unnecessary and costly burden for the consumer electronics industry, which today represents more than half of the savings in the ENERGY STAR products program.


CEA is dedicated to providing information to consumers regarding energy use of their consumer electronics products. CEA’s efforts include developing test procedures for measurement, gathering current data, providing online tools and information, and contributing to the Federal Trade Commission’s rulemaking on national energy labeling requirements.