Fairphone 2

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Fairphone 2
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one device
Total:43.9 kg CO₂e
43,900 gCO₂e
 Production:35.78 kg CO₂e
35,780 gCO₂e
 Packaging:0.2 kg CO₂e
200 gCO₂e
 Distribution:3 kg CO₂e
3,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:5.98 kg CO₂e
5,980 gCO₂e
 End of Life:-1.11 kg CO₂e
-1,110 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Energy Use
Per one device
 • Usage:14.8 kWh
Source: Fraunhofer IZM[1]

The Fairphone 2 is a modular smartphone. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the phone throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, data on this page refers to one 32 GB device with retail packaging and manual. The phone has life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 43.9 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).[1]


GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. The manufacturer states that the devices comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). This directive limits the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame retardants PBB and PBDE that can be present in the product.[2] The device is made up of 168 grams of materials.[1]


Production of the phone is responsible for 35.78 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. This data includes the impact of materials and packaging.[1] Components for the fairphone are manufactured in China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, USA, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Germany.[3]


Product packaging is responsible for 0.2 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Bulk packaging of the product to the distribution hub requires 61.8 grams of card board and 15.4 grams of LDPE plastic. Retail packaging of the device requires 42 grams of Paperfoam (70 % potato starch and 20 % cellulose fibers), 36.5 grams of paper, 91.5 grams of cardboard, and 1 gram of plastic and glue.[1]


Distribution of the product is responsible for 3 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Transportation to the distribution hub in the Netherlands requires air and truck transport. Transport to consumers in Europe is by truck.[1]


Use of the phone is responsible for 5.98 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The battery is estimated to have a lifetime of two years, so two batteries will be used in the 3 year lifetime of the phone. The environmental impact of charging is based on daily charging with the energy mix reflecting the countries where the devices are sold. [1]

End of Life

The service life of the phone is estimated to be three years. All phones are assumed to be properly recycled, which is responsible for -1.11 kg CO2e of GHG emissions.[1]

Other products

The table below lists products in the smartphone category with the lowest total GHG emissions.

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Fairphone 2 43.9
iPhone 6s (32GB) 54
iPhone 7 (32GB) 56
iPhone 6s Plus (32GB) 63

See also

  • Smartphone - comparison of smartphone environmental impacts


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Life Cycle Assessment of the Fairphone 2. Fraunhofer IZM, Nov. 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. What certifications does Fairphone have? Fairphone, 22 Nov. 2016. Accessed: 16 Jan. 2017. Archived
  3. List of Suppliers for the Fairphone 2 Fairphone, Aug. 2016. Accessed: 16 Jan. 2017. Archived