BRUSSELS (Reuters) – the Extension of the service life of the smartphone by as little as one year, it would be a significant reduction in carbon emissions in the European Union, a report published by the environmental groups said on Wednesday, urging the EU’s new regulations to make the electronics last longer.
FILE PHOTO: smart phones are pictured at the IFA consumer tech trade show in Berlin, Germany, on 6 September, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo
Activists said that the EU regulation should be focused on the environment, the cost of the production of mobile phones and other electronic devices, rather than on the efficiency of energy use, as is mostly the case at all.
Such as smart phones, laptops, washing machines, and vacuum cleaners have been used for just over a year, and the resulting reduction in carbon emissions would be similar to those caused by the removal of all of the cars in my country, in a state of nearly 6 million people, according to the report.
The document, which was published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), a coalition of dozens of non-governmental organizations.
“The impact of climate change now, smartphone culture is much too high. We can’t afford to keep replacing them every couple of years. We need products that last longer and can be repaired if they break down,” said Jean-Pierre Schweitzer) of the AN.
The report called on the “right to repair” for EU citizens, but that would also mean that the requirements for device-makers to increase the use of sustainable materials in their products, and they are quick and easy to fix.
The Commission was not immediately available for comment.
On the previous day, the report will be assessed for smartphones, by far, had the greatest impact on the environment, the study found.
Of the more than 200 million smart phones sold in Europe every year and have an average life span of three years, with the production, distribution and sales stages, accounting for the largest share of emissions.
A smartphone is supposed to be used for more than two years in order to offset the emissions from the production, according to the study, while the optimal life span of a vacuum cleaner, it should be around the age of 20 years.
The entire life-cycle of smart phones sold in Europe are responsible for 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is more than a year in Latvia, which has a population of 2 million people.
The united States, Apple Inc and South Korea’s Samsung, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of smart phones sold in Europe were not immediately available for comment.
Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; Editing by Bernadette Baum