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Mobile Phone Eco Rating scheme continues to expand

Paul Lipscombe
November 3, 2021

The scheme is expected to launch in a number of LATAM markets soon

The Mobile Phone Eco Rating scheme is primed for a global rollout after the five founding operators expanded their initial agreement.

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telia Company and Vodafone launched Eco Rating in May 2021 and have expanded their agreement to encourage more operators worldwide to join.

Since launching in 24 European countries, the scheme has rolled out to South Africa with Vodacom and Brazil through Telefonica under the Vivo brand.

This scheme is expected to launch in a number of LATAM markets including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

The Eco Rating scheme gives an overall score out of 100 to signal the environmental performance of the device across its entire life cycle.

The rating is scored across five key categories, including durability, repairability, recyclability, climate efficiency and resource efficiency.

In total 15 manufacturers have joined Eco Rating, with Fairphone, Realme and Vivo the latest to join, as more than 150 mobile phone models are now assessed by Eco Rating methodology.

Other vendors on the scheme include Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, ZTE, TCL, Alcatel, OnePlus, Bullitt Group, HMD Global, Doro, Motorola and MobiWire.

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