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Sprint Adds UL Environment Certification to Phone Scorecard

Communications firm Sprint has updated its environmental scorecard evaluation criteria for phones and packaging for device manufacturers and vendors.

In an industry first, the scorecard, which is revised each year in an effort to improve sustainable design considerations across Sprint’s portfolio, now requires all phones go through the UL Environment certification process.

Sprint announced its partnership with UL Environment – a subsidiary of third-party testing and certifying organization Underwriters Laboratories – to produce the first environmental standard for mobile devices across the entire wireless industry, last year. The first mobile phone to achieve UL-ISR 110 certification was the Samsung Replenish.

The standard also provides guidelines for sensitive materials usage; energy management; manufacturing and operations; impact to health and environment; product performance; packaging and product stewardship.

In October last year, Sprint upped its carbon reduction goal by five percentage points as it became one of just 28 companies to join the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program.

In an exclusive interview with Environmental Leader, Amy Hargroves, Sprint’s general manager for corporate responsibility, said that the company now aims to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 20 percent by 2017, from a 2007 baseline.

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