As an alternative to mandatory implementing measures to establish Ecodesign requirements for individual product groups, the Ecodesign Directive provides for the possibility for industry to propose self-regulation measures (art. 15 par. 1).
In August 2012, the manufacturers of game consoles presented a draft proposal for a voluntary measure, which was discussed with stakeholders and subsequently revised by the industry. In 2015, after completing an impact assessment, the European Commission acknowledged the Voluntary Agreement (VA) officially in a report.
This study for the review of the games consoles VA aims to provide an independent review of the targets contained in the current version of the voluntary agreement on games consoles and possible proposals for change. The study aims to inform the revision of the voluntary agreement planned for 2019.