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Minimizing the environmental impact of our products and networks


Minimizing the environmental impact of our products

Our product development processes include four key design-for-environment principles:
• Minimize material and energy use
• Minimize the use of materials detrimental to the environment
• Design equipment to be easily or remotely maintainable, or maintenance free
• Maximize reuse and recycling

We have put in place design-for-environment guidelines for all designs, products, parts, modules, components, batteries, and packaging materials. A list of substances and materials that are banned or restricted in our products for environmental reasons is also included in these guidelines. The environmental requirements are frequently updated and provide direction that every new main Mobile Networks product release should be at least 15% more energy efficient than the previous release. Nokia diligently works to tell customers and investors that its products are environmentally harmonious and regulatory compliant. Design for Environment (DfE) helps product developers to determine the environmental requirements that are relevant to the product. There are also several DfE tools available to support the designer during product development. As output, product development produces compliant and competitive products. Our main networks customers receive a product-specific Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Environmental management in Nokia is included both in product development and supplier requirements. DfE is a key part of the Nokia CREATE or product development life cycle common processes. DfE is also a part of supplier requirements covered in the Environmental/ Sustainability Appendix of Purchase Agreements for Hardware Products. It includes environmental requirements Nokia sets for suppliers for example in terms of materials. Furthermore, DfE is an integral part of Nokia’s environmental management system, which is globally certified to the ISO 14001 standard. In 2016, an integration implementation plan was created to ensure all relevant former Alcatel-Lucent operations and facilities will be fully integrated under the Nokia global certification during 2017 – 2018.

We also use material marking which supports the recycling of products and packaging at end of life. We correctly mark all plastic and metal product parts as well as ensuring all Nokia product packaging also includes proper material markings. The markings used by Nokia comply with the relevant ISO standards.

Tracking the substances used in our products

As a responsible manufacturer of complex technology products, we believe it is paramount that we have good systems in place to track the substances used in the parts and components that comprise our products.

Minimizing the climate impact of networks

To help our customers meet the world’s growing demand for communications, it is essential to help operators meet the demands of data traffic growth in a sustainable way. By minimizing the environmental impact of our products in use and maximizing the positive benefits of the products and services we deliver, we can have by far the greatest impact on climate change. Therefore, we continuously improve the energy efficiency of our products, develop software that helps manage energy consumption, support customers with energy optimization services, and encourage the use of renewable energy.

It is not simply about the incremental improvements in individual products, although this can deliver efficiency and cost savings, but it is more about taking a holistic approach to the products, services, solutions and networks we deliver, from components to delivery, through installation to recycle and reuse.

We look at the environmental impact of our solutions and technologies at every stage of their life cycle. Wherever possible we try to design upgradeable hardware and software features in order to extend product lifetime and value, decreasing the need to remove and replace, and also developing equipment that uses less space and generates less heat. We aim to provide more functionality per kilowatt of energy used while also ensuring a safe electromagnetic environment, and we search for materials with low environmental impacts, and even plan for the most eco-efficient product packaging and transportation.

We work closely with our telecoms service provider customers to help them reduce their carbon footprint by developing and delivering products, solutions, and services that increase energy efficiency and reduce power consumption in their networks, while enabling cost efficiencies. We also work with other industries and organizations to help reduce their carbon footprint and create greater efficiencies.