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Review of Mobile Handset Eco-Rating Schemes

This report provides with an overview of eco-rating schemes developed by the mobile handset industry to communicate the sustainability performance of their products to consumers.

It shows that there is no scheme that could be considered a perfect view of sustainability; however, each does attempt to provide a broad perspective of the sustainability impact of the manufacture, use and disposal of a mobile handset.

Based on this study, areas that eco-rating schemes should consider as best practice are identified. To drive further improvements, the best elements of each scheme could become integrated into a single scheme to simplify the process for consumers, mobile operators and manufacturers.

This report was researched and written by John Smiciklas (MJRD Assessment Inc.) and Michael Giguere (Array Strategies Inc.) with the support of Cristina Bueti (ITU) and Saul Jamieson (Telefonica).

Newslog, 20 September 2012

 
(September 2012)
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