Smartphones come with a labeling system called Eco Rating. Thanks to the Eco Rating score, customers will be able to see which phone model has a negative impact on the environment.
The negative impact of people on nature continues to increase day by day. As the population, production and energy needs increase, we pollute the environment even more. As such, “sustainability” is critical.
What is Eco Rating?
Smartphones reach billions of sales around the world. In order to minimize the environmental impact of phone sales, the Eco Rating label system begins. Eco Rating will explain how negative impact a phone model has on the environment.
Europe’s leading five mobile operators met with 12 major phone manufacturers and announced the environmental rating system called Eco Rating. Eco Rating measurements start in June. Measurement results will be announced on https://www.ecoratingdevices.com and by phone brands.
19 different criteria will be examined for the Eco Rating rating of a phone. While determining these criteria, smartphone manufacturers and environmentalists were consulted. As a result of the evaluation, the phone will be given a score out of 100. It shows that the closer the score is to 100, the more successful it is in terms of sustainability. When purchasing a phone, customers will be able to choose the phone that causes the least damage to the environment.
In addition to the general score, the evaluation results in 5 different sub-categories will also be shared. In this way, we will be able to see the durability, repairability, recyclability, climate effect and resource efficiency effect of the phone separately. As a result of the evaluation, a tag similar to the one above will be shared. We will see this tag on the manufacturers website, on the Eco Rating website, and in the product promotions. The closer Eco Rating is to 100, the better for nature.
How will the Eco Rating be measured?
The following criteria will be examined under 5 different categories:
Durability: It rates the device’s ruggedness, battery life, and warranty periods of the device and its components.
Repairability: This area, which rates the ease of repair of the device, evaluates the supporting activities that can increase the lifespan of the mobile phone through its design, reusability, parts replacement, and upgradable potential.
Recyclability: It rates how effectively the device components can be recovered, disassembled, and the information provided and the materials used in manufacturing can be recycled.
Climate impact: It rates the greenhouse gas emissions that will be emitted over the entire lifecycle of the device. The higher the score here, the lower the negative impact of the device on the climate.
Resource Efficiency: The rare raw material used in the device (such as gold used for the manufacture of electronic components) rates the impact on resource depletion. The higher the score in this area, the lower the negative impact of the device on material availability.
The phone brands where Eco Rating will be measured are:
At the first stage, 12 brands were agreed to measure Eco Rating. Apple is not among these brands.