Movistar: Eco Rating extends to 35 countries

Movistar: Eco Rating extends to 35 countries

EE, NOS and Proximus joined the Eco Rating rating system launched in May 2021 by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica (operating under the O2, Movistar and Vivo brands), Telia Company and Vodafone. Proximus will be deployed in early 2022, while EE and NOS will make it available to their customers in the coming months.

Since its launch in 24 European countries, the Eco Rating labeling system has been expanded to 11 more countries and is available to consumers in 35 countries in Europe, Africa, South America and soon Asia/Pacific.

Many of Europe’s leading mobile phone manufacturers have joined the Eco Rating, thanks to commitments from telecommunications companies. The assessment provides incentives to improve the environmental performance of mobile phones on the market, as evidenced by the average Eco Rating score increasing from 74 to a maximum of 76 out of 100 since its launch 18 months ago. Eco Rating allows consumers to compare the environmental impact of their mobile phones, enabling them to make more responsible and sustainable choices. Eco Rating provides consistent and accurate information about stores and online on the environmental impact of the manufacture, use, transportation and disposal of smartphones and essential goods. In other words, it examines the entire environmental footprint globally.

Eco Rating has added a new section to its website so consumers can compare different ratings of devices evaluated by participating manufacturers. Among its features, it allows you to search and filter by brand, model and rating to make a more informed decision.

Eco Rating has developed a methodology that promotes a lower climate impact and reduction of electronic waste, including actions such as alternatives to plastic packaging, increasing the durability of devices, extending warranties and more maintenance support.

Currently, there are more than 300 phones from the Eco Rating Consortium that have been evaluated by experts on the lifecycle of devices. An update to the methodology to encourage mobile device manufacturers in areas with the highest potential for improvement will be published in January 2023.

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Eco Rating methodology

Based on information provided by mobile phone manufacturers, each model is extensively evaluated and assigned a global Eco Rating score (100 maximum), which indicates the environmental performance of the device throughout its entire lifecycle.

Eco Rating applies a consistent, fair and objective evaluation methodology across 19 different criteria, resulting in a single score for each device. Additionally, Eco Rating highlights five key aspects of mobile device sustainability:

  • durability: Evaluate the health of the device and its components, battery life, and warranty period.
  • Repairability: The design of the mobile phone takes into account the ease of repair of the device, including complementary actions that can increase its useful life by improving the product’s repairability, reusability, and upgrade potential.
  • recyclability: Evaluate the possibility of recovering and disassembling the components of the device, the information provided to allow this, as well as the possibility of recycling the materials.
  • Climate efficiency: It measures greenhouse gas emissions over the entire lifetime of the device. The better the score here, the lower the climate influence.
  • Efficiency in resource use: Calculate the impact of the consumption of scarce raw materials used in the manufacture of the device in relation to the depletion of natural resources (for example, gold used in the manufacture of electronic components). The higher the score, the lower the impact on the depletion of the planet’s resources.

The Eco Rating methodology is based on industry knowledge and best practices from previous environmental labeling initiatives. It has been developed with the technical support and supervision of IHOBE (a government agency specializing in economic development, sustainability and the environment) with the participation of terminal manufacturers and using the latest standards and guidelines of the European Union. , ITU-T, ETSI and ISO, with new parameters added where appropriate.

Eco Rating rated devices from 22 participating manufacturers: B Mobile, Bullitt Group (parent to CAT and Motorola phones), Crosscall, Doro, Fairphone, Honor, HMD Global (parent to Nokia), Huawei, MobiWire, Motorola / Lenovo, Nothing, Nubia , OnePlus, OPPO, Orange, Realme, Samsung Electronics, Sony, TCL/Alcatel, vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

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