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Green mobile sales set to boom

Green mobile sales set to boom

According to a report by UK consultancy firm Juniper Research, global sales of green phones and tablets will rise ten-fold over the next five years.

Sales are predicted to rise from 31m units in 2012 to 392m by 2017, according to Juniper’s Green Handset & Tablet report. It also predicts that the market share of green devices will grow from 2% to 20%.

Juniper defines ‘green’ as mobile devices containing more than 50% recycled materials and free of harmful chemicals banned by the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive.

The report argues that shops owned by network operators can help to support the green mobile devices market by displaying environmental ratings and collecting phones and tablets for recycling.

It also says the sector needs to consider the environmental performance of data centres, which are increasingly needed to support smart phones and tablets.

The rise of smart devices can help the environment by reducing the number of mobile devices people use and need to charge.

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