The Game Console Voluntary Agreement (titled the "Self-Regulatory Agreement") is the result of many years of work, involving extensive consultations with the European Commission, civil society organisations, and EU Member States.

The advantage of this self-regulatory approach over formal regulation is its effectiveness and adaptability. With the speed of product development in the games industry sector, parameters set by an implementing measure can be rapidly outdated. This Voluntary Agreement commits our companies to strive constantly for improved energy efficiency.