Improving the energy efficiency of the receivers that deliver our premier digital entertainment to our customers is a key opportunity to reduce energy consumption and lower GHG emissions. There are tens of millions of these set-top boxes (STBs) in use today. In 2014, we calculated that set-top boxes used by our customers in the U.S. and Latin America generated more than 3.73 million MTCO2e, or 98 percent, of our Scope 3 GHG emissions.
Our 2020 goal is to reduce Scope 3 emissions attributable to the use of our equipment by U.S. customers by 1 million metric tonnes of CO2e per year, against a 2012 baseline. That goal is nearly five times larger than the total of all our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in 2011. At the end of 2014, we’d made significant progress toward our 2020 goal by deploying millions of new and refurbished receivers that are ENERGY STAR® certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Through our purchase of new ENERGY STAR receivers and refurbishment of older ENERGY STAR units, we are making rapid progress toward our goal for 90 percent of our total deployed receivers to be ENERGY STAR certified by 2016. In fact, since the end of 2014, every new receiver we purchase is certified to the new, more rigorous, ENERGY STAR Version 4.1 standard. Going forward, our Latin America operations are committed to implementing ENERGY STAR certification of receivers deployed in that market, beginning with our LH27 model.
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DIRECTV’s commitment to energy-efficient products also includes participation in an unprecedented industry Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, expected to generate annual residential electricity savings of $1.5 billion or more. This Department of Energy-endorsed voluntary agreement, signed by the largest Pay-TV service providers, as well as equipment suppliers and energy efficiency advocacy groups, calls for at least 90 percent of all new set-top boxes purchased and deployed after 2013 to meet the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 efficiency levels. In 2013, we were already buying receivers that were 100 percent compliant with ENERGY STAR Version 3.0, and in 2014 we were the first provider out of the gate to be 100 percent compliant with the ENERGY STAR Version 4.1 standard, which became official in December 2014. For DIRECTV’s products, Version 4.1 is on average 25 percent more stringent than Version 3.0, which was already 30 percent more stringent than the previous version. We are proud that every set-top box in production as of December 2014 is certified to this new, more rigorous standard.
In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highlighted our industry leadership in energy-efficient product design by naming DIRECTV an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year for our contributions to energy efficiency and for reducing GHG emissions. We are proud to be the only company in the Pay-TV industry to ever receive an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for efficient set-top boxes. Award-winners are selected from among the 16,000 organizations in the ENERGY STAR program.