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Case Study on the Environmental Impacts of a Mobile Phone

: Oiva, L.; Oppermann, W.; Middendorf, A.; Zuber, K.-H.; Stobbe, I.

Reichl, H.:
Electronics goes green 2000+. A Challenge for the Next Millennium. Proceedings. Vol.1: Technical lectures : September 11 - 13, 2000, Berlin, Germany
Berlin: VDE-Verlag, 2000
ISBN: 3-8007-2569-X
Joint International Congress and Exhibition "Electronics goes green 2000+" <1, 2000, Berlin>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZM ()

For a better understanding of environmental and end-of-life related impacts of cellular phones Nokia Mobile Phones made a case study of a mobile phone. Main outputs of the project were material content estimation, identifying the environmentally relevant components and parts as well as identification of possible optimisation alternatives in the design and material content of the product according to the identified toxic and recycling potentials. Many tools and methods have been developed to help estimating the environmental impacts of an electronics product. One such tool was tested and is described in this paper with the main results attained by the evaluation.