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MWC: OPPO commits to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050!

Apart from showcasing its newest innovations, OPPO confirmed at MWC 2023 that the company has a new goal of achieving Carbon Neutrality.
OPPO is committed to being a greener company to help in saving our environment

OPPO is aiming for Carbon Neutrality by 2050!

In its event yesterday, the company shared that it is aiming to achieve the said feat across all its global operations by 2050.
OPPO's long-term strategy for Low-Carbon Development
OPPO's long-term strategy for Low-Carbon Development

Based on its OPPO Climate Action Report: Climate Pledges and Low Carbon Development Strategy and technical support from global consultancy Deloitte, the company has 5 areas to work on to low-carbon manufacturing, reducing the carbon footprint of products, investing in options that generate less carbon, utilizing digital technology to manage carbon emissions, and collaborating on industry standards to address climate change.
The roadmap

Achieving our goal of becoming carbon neutral will require both determination and patience. Guided by our mission of ‘Technology for Mankind, Kindness for the World’, we promise to pursue carbon neutrality with the same zeal and commitment that we invest in our technological innovation

To recap, OPPO started publishing its sustainability report in 2020. Each year, the company publicly discloses its plans and practical progress toward its sustainability goals.

To those who do not know, OPPO has been the world's fourth-largest phone manufacturer for the past two years. The company is present in over 60 countries and regions worldwide, so they are concerned and need to reduce its environmental impact.

Two of the company's most significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions are its factories and data centers with 62 and 31.9 percent, respectively. By exploring ways to achieve greener manufacturing and through energy saving + emission reduction initiatives by end of 2022, the company has managed to reduce 6,000 tons of greenhouse gas annually. According to the company, it is equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3,330 square kilometers of forest in a year.

OPPO has also upgraded its machinery in factories since 2020 for energy saving. They now use automated machines instead of manual machines to reduce power consumption to the bare minimum as they can be set to operate precisely according to real-time requirements. One result of this move is the company claimed that its power consumption has fallen by 54 percent.

Moreover, OPPO is working on the construction of carbon-neutral data centers. One of them is the OPPO Binhai Bay Data Centre, its first self-built data center with 100 percent renewable energy and low-carbon technology. They also used immersion cooling technology for GPU server clusters to help dissipate heat as efficiently as possible.

OPPO used non-conductive liquid without the need for active cooling by devices such as fans and air conditioners to reduce the use of power and production of higher CO2 levels. The deployment of immersion cooling technology leads to a 45% improvement in energy efficiency, and an industry-leading data center power usage efficiency (PUE) as low as 1.15.

For the packaging of its products, OPPO used the 3R+1D (reduce, reuse, recycle, and degradable) internationally recognized green packaging principle.

OPPO has removed nearly all plastics from the packaging of OPPO smartphones in Europe making them 100 percent biodegradable and more eco-friendly.

In particular, OPPO 45 percent of the packaging is made with recycled fibers sourced from recycled wastepaper or plant-based materials like sugarcane and bamboo to reduce the demand for raw materials.

The company has also established a number of product recycling systems and launched a trade-in service in both domestic and international markets to promote the recycling of used electronic materials.

OPPO shared that in 2021, 1.2 million phones were recycled in China, amounting to a total weight of 216 tons. This number rose to 1.3 million phones and 240 tons in 2022. In the EU and other regions, OPPO is involved in the Green Dot program as well as partnering with professional recycling firms to help recycle used products. 

OPPO has also taken the initiative to inspire its peers. During the Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards at MWC 2023, OPPO Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jun Liu, was invited to present the Tech4Good award, recognizing companies that have used technology and innovation to make the world better and to solve global challenges. 

Because of this, OPPO was also invited to join the judging panels for the Best Mobile Innovation for Climate Action Award and the Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Award.

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