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Vodafone TV receives Green Product Mark by TÜV Rheinland

7 May 2024Protecting the Planet
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Vodafone’s TV 3 (Giga TV Home) and TV PLAY (GigaTV Home Sound) Set Top Boxes are the first to obtain the Green Product Mark by TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s leading testing service providers.

TÜV Rheinland’s Green Product Mark is a voluntary sustainability certification programme that provides consumers with assurance that certified products have fully met or exceeded environmental standards and important sustainable product requirements.

Vodafone is one of Europe’s largest providers of on-demand TV services with more than 22 million customers across seven markets1. Vodafone will now be able to display the Green Product mark across its TV Set Top Box marketing and product packaging.

Both products are produced by Sagemcom Broadband SAS, who ensured that the design and production process met TÜV Rheinland’s certification requirements.

TÜV Rheinland’s certification process rigorously assesses a wide range of environmental criteria throughout the entire life cycle of products, including assessing the overall supply chain and even conducting visits to production sites. TÜV Rheinland looks at areas including the restriction of hazardous substances, sustainable use of resources, energy efficiency, the use of recycled materials, product take-back, and durability, repair, and reuse.

Stephan Scheuer, Head of Business Development and Product Sustainability at TÜV Rheinland said: “With the ‘Green Product’ certification mark from TÜV Rheinland, manufacturers such as Vodafone are able to provide environmentally conscious consumers with clear guidance. They are proactively demonstrating that they meet the increasing legal requirements for sustainable products, from production to use and reuse.”

Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group Chief External & Corporate Affairs Officer said: “We are delighted that Vodafone’s consumer Set Top Boxes are the first products to be certified by TÜV Rheinland according to their latest specification. This will enable our customers to make a more informed choice on their environmental performance.

“This certification demonstrates Vodafone’s commitment to reducing our environment footprint under our drive to become a net zero company by 2040, and also helps support Vodafone’s consumer ‘Switch To Green’ campaign.”

Vodafone’s TV team has implemented a series of improvements to the sustainability of Vodafone TV during the last three years.

The cases for both models of Vodafone Set Top Box have been manufactured using recycled plastic since the end of 2022. The case for the advanced Vodafone TV PLAY Set Top Box – which incorporates a surround-sound speaker system – comprises 99% recycled plastic (405g).

Vodafone’s standard third-generation Vodafone TV 3 Set Top Box device casing now comprises 96% recycled plastic (115g), and the Remote Controls for both devices are made from 85% recycled plastic (46.9g).

Vodafone has also enhanced the sustainability of the packaging associated with Vodafone TV. The packaging of the product (and its accessories) is now made with at least 85% recycled paper, printed using non-mineral ink and in one colour to save ink.

In addition, plastic packaging has been removed on all accessories shipped with Vodafone TV, including the power supply and cables. Vodafone has also removed the plastic protective cover on the remote control and reduced the plastic required to ship Vodafone TV packages between vendors.

TÜV Rheinland analysed Vodafone’s Set Top Boxes for annual energy consumption and associated carbon footprint. TÜV Rheinland have confirmed that TV 3 (GigaTV Home) is at least five times2 more energy efficient and TV PLAY (GigaTV Home Sound) is at least 4 times2 more energy efficient than EU-industry agreement proposals3.


[1] As of 5 Feb 2024, Vodafone reported 22.063m TV customers across Europe, including the VodafoneZiggo joint venture in the Netherlands.

[2] Energy efficiency depends on device configuration per local market e.g. coax and IP connection. Vodafone has stated here the most conservative value for any device configuration applicable in any market.

[3] EU-Industry agreement: "Voluntary Industry Agreement to improve the energy consumption of Complex Set Top Boxes within the EU", Version 6.0 (2018).

Set Top Boxes will be available with TÜV Rheinland Green Product Mark certification from May 2024 in the following markets:

TV3 / GigaTV Home: Germany, Portugal, Spain and Czech

TV PLAY / GigaTV Home Sound: Germany, Portugal, and Ireland

Other Vodafone markets that have launched these products already, are expected to get the Green Certification in due course during 2024.

About Vodafone

Vodafone is the largest pan-European and African telecoms company. We provide mobile and fixed services to over 300 million customers in 17 countries, partner with mobile networks in 45 more and have one of the world’s largest IoT platforms. In Africa, our financial technology businesses serve more than 76 million customers across eight countries – managing more transactions than any other provider. Our purpose is to connect for a better future by using technology to improve lives, businesses and help progress inclusive sustainable societies. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

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About Sagemcom

Thanks to the innovative solutions designed and built by our people, Sagemcom provides access to broadband Internet, entertainment and managed energy supply to the greatest number all over the world.

As a “mission-driven company” since January 2022, Sagemcom makes sure that the design, construction and use of these solutions are sustainable, and fulfil the environmental and societal commitments that are known and shared by all our employees, partners and stakeholders.

Sagemcom is 30% owned by its employees, achieves over €3 billion turnover, is world leader in its markets, has been profitable since it was founded, and has been growing continuously since 2016. /

About TÜV Rheinland

TÜV Rheinland stands for safety and quality in virtually all areas of business and life. The company has been operating for more than 150 years and ranks among the world’s leading testing service providers. It has more than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries and generates annual revenues of around 2.3 billion euros.

TÜV Rheinland’s highly qualified experts test technical systems and products around the world, support innovations in technology and business, train people in numerous professions and certify management systems according to international standards. In doing so, the independent experts generate trust in products as well as processes across global value-adding chains and the flow of commodities.

Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.


TÜV Set Top Box criteria catalogue:

  • Protecting the Planet
  • Circular economy 
  • Consumers
  • Entertainment
  • Environment
  • Europe
  • Products
  • Reducing emissions
  • Responsible supply chain
  • Sustainability
  • TV

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