ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organisation identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. Four of our principal sites are ISO14001 accredited and we have set targets to achieve accreditation at our Pace Americas West and Brazil sites.
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Energy performance standards
Pace has an ongoing and long-standing programme of engagement with regulators and decision makers to devise schemes which aim to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes whilst not impacting the user experience.
EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Digital TV Service Systems
Pace has continued its work in support of the EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Digital TV Service Systems (Code of Conduct). Pace was a founding member of the Code of Conduct committee on set-top box energy efficiency in 1997 and was a signatory to the first Code of Conduct in 2001.
Pace has been heavily involved in the latest revision of the Code of Conduct for complex set-top boxes (i.e. those requiring conditional access). A new version of the Code of Conduct (v9), launched in 2013, addresses total energy consumption (TEC). Pace has contributed significantly to the revised Code of Conduct, particularly in relation to the methods for product testing. The revised Code of Conduct sets limits for basic levels of functionality and adds additional allowances for greater functionality. Tier 1 of the Code of Conduct was introduced in July 2013; Tier 2 (more stringent requirements) is set to be implemented in July 2015. Tier 1 provides for greater allowances in achieving a desired level of TEC whereas Tier 2 reduces the allowances for TEC, placing greater design pressure on members to reduce overall TEC in their set-top box designs.
The Company remains committed to the Code of Conduct, utilising the requirements as the principal guide when developing products for the European market. 95% of Pace’s products intended for sale in the EU were designed to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct (v9) in 2014. Of the 23 products that met the criteria, 16 were considered officially compliant with the Code of Conduct. That is, the customer also agreed to include the power-down option on the product to ensure it operated within certain energy performance parameters. Whilst some customers do not choose to exercise this function, it is always Pace’s intention to ensure that its products are designed to be as energy efficient as possible. There are instances, therefore, where the power-down options are not fully adopted in practice. However, we design the hardware functions of the set-top box to be compliant with the Code of Conduct.
Voluntary industry agreement to improve energy consumption of complex set-top boxes within the EU (VA)
This voluntary industry agreement has been established to address the requirements of the Energy-related Products (ERP) Directive in an industry in which the pace of innovation and technological advancement outstrips the pace of legislation. The VA has now been formally adopted by the European Commission. The aim of the VA is to cover 80% of products shipped to the European market.
Pace is one of the key contributors to the EU VA, supplying much of the technical input for allowances and test methods. The VA is currently on its fourth revision, with each version significantly reducing the permitted energy consumption and expanding the scope to ensure new technologies are included.
Voluntary industry agreement for ongoing improvement to the energy efficiency of set-top boxes placed into service within the United States
This voluntary industry agreement has been established and effective from 1 January 2014 to continue improvements in the energy efficiency of set-top boxes used in the delivery of services by service providers. The voluntary agreement is intended to be a complete and adequate substitute for all federal and state legislative and regulatory solutions. Pace became a signatory to the VA in 2014 in addition to being a member of the VA steering committee. The aim of the VA is to ensure that 90% of all new set-top boxes shall meet the energy efficiency standards (Tier 1) established by ENERGY Star v3.0 from the effective date. Tier 2 requirements will apply from 1 January 2016.
US Energy Star
Pace is a key player in the development and adoption of the US Energy Star scheme for complex set-top boxes. At the request of Pace, Energy Star added the facility for a manufacturer to mark products as compliant without the previous need for the service provider to be an Energy Star partner. Throughout 2014, all of our products destined for the US market were endorsed as compliant with Energy Star standards. Pace is the only manufacturer to have had STBs approved in all the main categories (cable, satellite, IP, thin client and DTA) to Energy Star v3. In December 2014 Energy Star v4.1 came into effect; Pace is in the process of qualifying new models to this tighter standard.
Energy Star for Small Network Equipment
Pace is the world’s first manufacturer to achieve Energy Star qualification for a DOCSIS 3 cable modem to the new Energy Star standard for small network equipment.
Industry voluntary agreement for small network equipment
Pace is involved, with others in the development of a voluntary agreement to reduce the environmental impact of small network equipment by limiting the standby power, as much of this equipment has “always-on” functionality but is not often in use. Pace has contributed to the development of the measurement standard CEA 2049 and to the technical content of the VA, leveraging its expertise in the EU Broadband Code of Conduct and the various STB energy efficiency schemes it is a member of.
Pace is involved with both the regulators and other industry partners in Canada to develop a voluntary code that is suited to the Canadian market to limit the energy consumption of STBs. This work is still at an early stage, but so far agreement has been reached that a voluntary approach would be more effective than a legislative approach.
Power supply efficiency
In the last twelve months both the EU power supply Code of Conduct and the US DOE have published new tighter requirements for external power supplies; new designs are compliant with the latest requirements, which come into effect in 2016, and existing designs are being specified to the new higher efficiency levels throughout this year.
EU Broadband Code of Conduct
Pace attends the Broadband Code of Conduct meetings and provides technical input, and although Pace is not formally a signatory to the Broadband Code, we do seek to ensure all applicable products marketed in the EU are compliant.
Pace Global Approvals Laboratory
The Pace Global Approvals Laboratory is the only test laboratory in the UK which has been accredited by the EPA for the Energy Star testing of set-top boxes.
Australian Minimum Energy Performance Standards
Pace has worked in conjunction with Foxtel, the main PayTV broadcaster in Australia to maintain the voluntary minimum energy performance standard (MEPS) for STBs, where the Australian regulator has recognised that an effective voluntary code is more effective than a legislative approach.