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Eco Rating, what will be the certification for the most sustainable mobile phones

Eco Rating, what will be the certification for the most sustainable mobile phones

What is the labeling system for ecological assessment launched by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone. Antonino Neri's article

A sort of "sustainability index" of mobile phones. This is the idea behind Eco Rating, the project presented by five of the main European mobile operators – Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica (which operates through the O2 and Movistar brands), Telia Company and Vodafone – which will help consumers to choose the most sustainable mobile phones. At the same time, it will help suppliers reduce the environmental impact of their devices.


The new labeling system for ecological assessment – reads a note – will be released starting from June 2021 on mobile phones of 12 brands (Bullitt Group – Home of CAT and Motorola rugged phones, Doro, HMD Global – Home of Nokia Phones, Huawei , MobiWire, Motorola / Lenovo, OnePlus, OPPO, Samsung Electronics, TCL / Alcatel, Xiaomi and ZTE), to which others will be added in the future.


The European countries involved will initially be 24: Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia , Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.


Each mobile will be scored on a 100-point scale to determine the environmental performance of the device over its entire life cycle. The Eco Rating label will also highlight five key aspects of mobile device sustainability, providing additional information on durability, repairability, recyclability, climate efficiency and resource efficiency.

Here they are explained in detail:

  • Durability: the robustness of the device, the battery life and the warranty period of the device and its components
  • Repairability: The ease with which the device can be repaired
  • Recyclability: the degree of recoverability and disassembly of the device components, the information provided by the manufacturers and the degree of recyclability of the materials
  • Climate efficiency: the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the device over its entire life cycle. The higher the score, the less the impact on the climate
  • Resource efficiency: the impact caused by the quantity of scarce raw materials required by the device (e.g. the gold needed to produce the electronic parts) in relation to the exhaustion of these resources.

The higher the score, the less impact on material availability will be.


The valuation methodology was created by Ihobe, a publicly owned agency specializing in economic development, sustainability and the environment. It is also based on the latest standards of various industry bodies, including the European Union, the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (Etsi) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).


The Eco Rating initiative was also created with the aim of providing consistent and accurate information on the environmental impact of the production, use, transport and disposal of smartphones and feature phones at the retail level.

"We look forward to our Eco Rating initiative welcoming new manufacturers and telecom operators, and we hope it will inspire the entire industry to accelerate its transition to a more circular economy model for mobile phones," CEOs said. of the five mobile operators – Tim Höttges (Deutsche Telekom), Stéphane Richard (Orange), José María Álvarez-Pallete (Telefónica), Allison Kirkby (Telia Company) and Nick Read (Vodafone Group).

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/innovazione/eco-rating-come-sara-la-certificazione-per-i-cellulari-piu-sostenibili/ on Sat, 29 May 2021 06:01:21 +0000.