A group of mobile manufacturers, network operators, suppliers, recyclers, consumer and environmental organisations, led by Nokia, has committed to improve the environmental performance of mobile phones.
The members of this group were Motorola, Panasonic Mobile Communications, France Telecom/Orange, Vodafone, TeliaSonera AB, Intel, Epson, Spansion and Umicore, and environmental experts from the WWF, the Finnish Environmental Institute, the UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the European Consumers' Organisation (BEUC).
The group has agreed upon a series of new initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of mobile phones. These include:
- Redusing energy consumption
- Removing materials of concern
- Improving the take-back and recycling of mobile phones
- Giving consumers more environmental information about products