Proximus: How the mobile industry can increase the circularity of mobile devices
November 10, 2022| Articles
How the mobile phone industry can increase the circularity of mobile devices
Prior to COP27, the GSMA, the international organization representing mobile operators and organizations, published a new announcement, long term vision On how the mobile phone industry can grow circular From supply chain and manufacturing to mobile devices.
The mobile industry is making real progress in scalability, but much more needs to be done to reduce the environmental impact of mobile devices.
Regarding Mobile phone life cycle, the bulk of the environmental impact – about 80% – lies in its manufacture. Currently, more than 50 different materials can be found in an average smartphone, including plastic, ceramic, rare metals, copper and silicon. Mining for these materials can cause negative environmental and social impacts. Manufacturing and assembly also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels.
While the GSMA vision charts a future path towards true circularity, Progress is already being made by mobile operators. In this context, the report mentions initiatives next one Take it to become a truly circular company by 2030.
Proximus focuses on more Develop circular business models, for both fixed and mobile devices. Proximus, for its mobile devices, collects old mobile phones for refurbishment or recycling. Refurbished smartphones are for sale. Cell phones that can no longer be used are recycled by partners Umicore, Recupel, Out of use and Brainscape. Since September 2021, Proximus stores and online store have been offering customers refurbished smartphones as an alternative to new devices. These devices are meticulously checked and are sold with a 2-year warranty, just like new cell phones.
In the paper, GSMA also stresses the importance of Involve all elements of the supply chain To gradually change the circularity of the mobile device market – from operators to suppliers, manufacturers to consumers, and from repairers to recyclers. Everyone has a role to play.
As an active member of the GSMA, Proximus supports GSMA’s vision of a future where devices have the longest possible life, are made with 100% recyclable and recyclable content using 100% renewable energy and where no device ends up as waste.
Read the entire strategy paper over here
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