Shenzhen, Dec. 17, 2014, TÜV SÜD verified the Product Water Footprint for Huawei’s Honor 6 Plus Smartphone. The product became the first Smartphone in the world to be issued the Product Water Footprint Verification Statement.
The UN World Water Development Report 3: Water in a Changing World, which was published by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009, pointed out that 47% of world population will be living in areas of high water stress by 2030 while 2.4 million to 0.7 billion people will be forced to leave their homes due to the lack of fresh water resources. Therefore, stakeholders on the utilization and conservation of water resources are shifting the direction of their efforts into the investigation, research and optimization of national water footprint and water footprint of enterprises and products.
Mr. Robert Ostendorf, Managing Director of TÜV SÜD South Region, Greater China, said, in the past 150 years, TÜV SÜD has stayed true to its founding principle of protecting people, environment and property against the adverse effects of technology and adheres to the service concept of “Choose certainty. Add value.” We believe that the product water footprint service with Huawei which focuses on the management and protection of our limited but essential resource – water – is vital and has a positive significance to develop an environmentally-friendly mobile phone industry. To a certain extent, the launch of the water footprint compliant mobile phone also has an active role in cultivating environmentally-friendly awareness and encouraging green consumption from consumers.
As a leading global information and communications provider, Huawei implements a "Green Pipe, Green Operations, Green Partner, Green World" strategy for environmental protection which integrates the concept of sustainability into their corporate development, product design, procurement and supply chain. Starting from the blue and grey water footprint, TÜV SÜD researched and analyzed the lifecycle of Honor 6 Plus mobile phone using the lifecycle method and verified the quantity of the product water footprint according to the requirements of the Water Footprint Assessment Manual: 2011. At the same time, TÜV SÜD also established an internal water footprint assessment process specification to guide subsequent product development for Huawei. The results of the product water footprint also provided a reference for subsequent Huawei products in terms of design, production and better water efficiency. Huawei’s consumer business supply chain department will continue to improve the utilization ratio of water resources and reduce the pollution of water.
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As of the end of 2013, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Globally, Huawei has set up 16 R&D centers in Germany, Sweden, USA, Russia, India and China etc. As one of Huawei’s three business groups, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) provides a range of products including mobile phones, mobile broadband (MBB) devices, home devices, terminal clouds and consumer device chip. With more than 20 years of rich business expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and partners, Huawei Consumer BG is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.