OPPO published its 2022 Sustainability Report today, on World Environment Day. We have always focused on how to minimise our impact on the environment, but as of 2020, sustainability is explicitly included in our business strategy. Since then, a sustainability report has been published every year to present our progress.
In 2022, OPPO completed its first global inventory of carbon emissions. Based on this data, a carbon reduction roadmap was developed and, in February this year, we announced our goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. By the end of 2022, we have already reduced our annual emissions by 6,000 tonnes. This is equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas absorbed by 3,330 square kilometres of forest in a year.
In addition to important initiatives to make our operations and production more green, you will naturally notice the commitment to sustainability in the OPPO products you get your hands on as a consumer.
Green and low-carbon principles form the basis for the design and selection of materials for our packaging. We use the internationally recognised 3R1D principle for this. This stands for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Degradable".
When selecting materials, we choose products with minimal environmental impact. For example, we use environmentally friendly bean-based inks for printing packaging materials and our smartphone packaging in Europe consists of around 45% recycled fibre, derived from sugarcane and bamboo cuttings, while plastic has been reduced by 95%. We have set a target of 100% biodegradable packaging this year.
Extend the life of your smartphone
We want to provide users with products that last. Every product that leaves our factory has undergone rigorous durability tests to ensure the quality and reliability of our smartphones over a long period of time.
With the OPPO Reno8 T, we also introduced our 48-month Fluency Protection. Software and hardware were optimised based on thorough lab tests that simulated the phone's performance after four years of continuous use. The result? Your phone will start, function and run your favourite apps as if it were brand new, even after years of use.
Since 2023, we offer up to five years of security updates and up to four major Android upgrades for selected smartphones. This indirectly reduces the overall environmental impact by allowing users to continue using their current smartphone for longer and still benefit from a safe and up-to-date software experience.
A battery that lasts longer
The Battery Health Engine counters the occurrence of dead lithium in the battery, keeping battery capacity at healthy levels for longer. Thus, we managed to keep the battery capacity above 80% even after 1600 charge cycles, compared to an industry standard of 800 charge cycles. 1600 charging cycles corresponds to about four years of actual use.
At the end of a product's life cycle, it is important to avoid it ending up in the growing mountain of e-waste as much as possible. We are also taking responsibility in this area. In 2022, 1.08 million phones were recycled in China, accounting for a total weight of 195 tonnes. In the European Union, OPPO is involved in the Green Dot programme and works with professional recyclers to help recycle used products.
For OPPO, sustainability is not just a word on the occasion of World Environment Day, but a long-term commitment. We believe that technology can create value for all people and the planet, and take our responsibility to contribute to a more sustainable future. For more information, see the OPPO Sustainability Report 2022.