Nokia is set to implement a comprehensive transformation in its packaging for the Lightspan broadband access nodes by the end of 2023. The initiative targets a 60% reduction in size, a 44% decrease in weight, and a complete shift to 100% recyclable materials, with the primary objective of curbing CO2 emissions and minimizing material waste. Nokia is phasing out non-biodegradable foam, plastic, bleaching, toxic substances, and chemical treatments from its packaging. Biodegradable alternatives will replace protective plastic covers, while the drop-resistant buffer material will incorporate FSC-compliant, fully recyclable cardboard components. The packaging itself is designed for ease of reuse in return shipments.
Nokia has already introduced this redesigned packaging for gigabit-speed G.fast access nodes shipped to Deutsche Telekom, expecting a 60% reduction in packaging size and a 44% reduction in weight. This adjustment is anticipated to enable more products per pallet, resulting in a potential 60% decrease in CO2 emissions.
SVP Group Technology Innovation Arash Ashouriha of Deutsche Telekom highlighted, “Deutsche Telekom has set ambitious circularity goals for 2030. We focus on the entire lifecycle of our products and everything we buy from our technology suppliers. We have already taken out all single-use plastics in the packing of our own ‘T’-branded devices. The collaboration with our technology suppliers like Nokia on innovative ways of sustainable packaging is therefore an essential next step.’’
Nokia has also committed to Science Based Targets, aiming for a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 to contribute to global warming limitation to 1.5°C by the same timeframe and eventual net-zero emissions by 2050.
Geert Heyninck, Head of Broadband Networks for Fixed at Nokia, stated, ‘’Eco-friendly product packaging is a major contributor to our climate and environmental ambitions. By using 100% recyclable materials we help to reduce waste and contribute to a circular economy. The packaging is also more compact, which allows more efficient transport and further reduces CO2 emissions by up to 60%.’’