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Interview: Fairphone’s Ioiana Luncheon on what it takes to make a sustainable smartphone in 2020

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Given that another Earth Day has arrived, we thought it would be wise to take a look at just how the mobile tech industry is doing concerning the environment. As a whole, this industry doesn’t have the best reputation for sustainability, though there are signs this is improving a bit. Whether it’s recycling robots that salvage valuable parts and minerals from old phones, or using more recycled material in materials and components, some companies have begun taking baby steps toward a more sustainable model.

Though perhaps not as well known in North America as in Europe, one company that has really taken to heart the idea of tackling sustainability from multiple fronts, including material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, customer experience, and recycling (e.g., the circular economy) is Fairphone.

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Technology, science and capacity building are major pillars of the Means of Implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda and of the Rio+20 follow-up processes. The research, development, deployment, and widespread diffusion of environmentally sound technologies in the context of a Green Economy is also closely linked to other core elements and means of implementation, including innovation, business opportunities and development, trade of environmental goods and services, finance and investment, and institutional capabilities.

In order to eradicate poverty and reorient current unsustainable development trajectories over the period 2015 to 2030, affordable technological solutions have to be developed and disseminated widely in the next fifteen years. The Means of Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda could nevertheless provide an opportunity to address some of the gaps hindering the facilitation and transfer of these technologies.

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