Lenovo plans to make 4 out of its 5 products consumer-repairable by 2025, along with its parts, in path to achieve net zero emission policy by 2050.
Companies are forced to more of a sustainable development than economical development, as whatever growth we had seen so far since the first industrial revolution had let to degradation of earth & its resources, directly or indirectly. In the aspect, firms are committing themselves to zero emission or zero carbon strategy to make earth a better place as it was.
One initiative regarding this is reducing e-wastes. As old or out-of-date devices are discarded as in whole, e-wastes are getting accumulated in large numbers, where disposing them becomes harder. In order to reduces wastes, firms are taking initiatives to make the products and electronic parts reusable.
DIY repairability of Lenovo products
Recently, Lenovo’s senior vice president and present of its Intelligent Devices Group, Luca Rossi, said the company has committed to a net zero emission policy by 2050, and analyzing the components used in its hardware is part of the equation.
“On repairability, we have a plan that by 2025 more than 80 percent of the repair parts will repaired again so that they enter into the circular economy to reduce the impact to the environment,” Rossi said.
80% of its devices will be repairable at the customer, by the customer or by the channel and Lenovo is working on a design that promotes this serviceability kind of approach. This means that batteries, SSD and other components of laptops and personal computers will not any longer be sealed into the product but will be available for the customer to be repaired on site, as reported by The Register. This saves a lot of waste.
The world’s largest PC maker has already achieved a decent repairability, where its ThinkPad T14 Gen 3 got a fixability score is 7 out of 10 by Fixit.
Lenovo and other vendors aren’t going to make hardware easier to fix out of the goodness of their own hearts: the European Council last month started to update EU rules to ensure consumers are better informed about the lifespan and repairability of the tech devices they buy. The requirements should be finalized before June next year.
EU indeed adopts a regulation that requires that all smartphones to have replaceable batteries by 2027. This makes the smartphone manufacturers to abide the regulation, due to which we will be taken back to old days, where we can remove the battery from the phone.
Future technology devices will be more customizable and self-repairable, which is a good thing in terms of costs and reducing wastes.
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