Orange Belgium is committed to act as a responsible operator and to promote the most sustainable practices. It therefore decided to launch the Eco Rating, a label offering key information to customers on the sustainability score of devices to help them make educated choices. Orange Belgium will also launch a brand-new program to federate its initiatives: Re, for Repair, Refurbish, Recycle and Return (also known as the highly successful BuyBack program).
The Eco Rating, which Orange Belgium will progressively introduce in its communications towards the market, will help consumers identify and compare the most sustainable mobile phones and encourage suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their devices. The Eco Rating initiative has been created jointly by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, Telia Company and Vodafone to provide consistent, accurate information at retail on the environmental impact of producing, using, transporting, and disposing of smartphones and feature phones. Orange Belgium is the first operator to launch it in Belgium.
Following a detailed assessment, each mobile phone handset is given an overall Eco Rating score out of a maximum of 100 to signal the environmental performance of the device across its entire life cycle. The Eco Rating label will also highlight five key aspects of mobile device sustainability, providing additional information about durability, repairability, recyclability, climate efficiency and resource efficiency.
Repair – Refurbish – Recycle - Return
To unify all its initiatives, Orange Belgium also launches a global program: Re, which is focused on 4 pillars:
The collection of old devices increased by almost 200% in 2021
In 2021, thanks to an increased communication on the program, Orange Belgium collected more than 22.000 devices in the retail market, almost three times more than in 2020.
For each device that lands in Orange’s BuyBack program, Orange Belgium gives 2 euros to the environmental protection program Natagora/Natuurpunt. In 2021 more than 2ha of trees were planted.
Isabelle Vanden Eede, Chief Communication, Brand and CSR Officer of Orange Belgium: “Our commitment to sustainability is not a hollow statement. Our ambition is to give our customers the possibility to make educated choices when it comes to the devices they buy and their impact on the environment. This is even more impactful when you consider the fact that this initiative is being deployed by the operators in more than 20 countries. This, combined with our new umbrella program Re which promotes the most sustainable practices on the smartphone market, is a major proof of how an operator can actually make a difference.”
More info on: https://corporate.orange.be/en/social-responsibility/sustainable-development/several-lives