Manufacturers of popular low-budget phones and smartphones, Nokia, admitted to have managed to reduce CO2 emissions across their facilities by 17 percent in 2011, as compared to that in 2006, i.e the base year. These numbers come in as the Finnish company reveal their attempts at inducing sustainability into all their functions. “We improve our offices, factories, logistical operations and use of technologies in ways that save energy and reduce emissions. And we aim to ensure that sound environmental, health and safety, labour and ethical practices are embedded within all our operations,” adds the company. In their first climate strategy that came about in 2006, the company aimed to keep a track of the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of their products and across their operations and formed targets. These were later reviewed and updated in 2010. Further listing down their steps in the direction, Nokia added that more than a third (40 percent in 2011) of the energy that goes towards powering their operations is renewable, which have helped them reduce their CO2 emissions by around 55,000 tonnes per annum.
In a report, Nokia further added that they manufacture their phones in their own factories, and while doing so employ the “highest standards to ensure safe and supportive labour conditions.” The post also highlighted that in 2010, the manufacturer's Chennai factory won the Golden Peacock Environment Management Award – 2010 under the Telecom/IT-Hardware category. The award, adds Nokia recognized their efforts towards effective implementation of Enviromental Management Services (EMS), while setting high standards in its management. Nokia, in 2011 caused 45,900 tonnes of waste; 91 percent of which was either reused or recycled, 5 percent of which was used to recover energy and 4 percent went in landfill, implying zero energy recovery. “..seven out of nine Nokia factories had already reached 100% waste utilisation or were within 1% of that target,” it added.
Nokia pointed out to the fact that between 2005 and 2010, they reduced the packaging size of their most affordable devices by more than 70 percent, and this, according to them translates to 240,000 tonnes of saved paper. That the packaging was now smaller and lighter their transportation needs, too reduced. In a nutshell, Nokia adds, that they now only need one third of the trucks for transportation.