Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

16 July 2009

Greenpeace International have released a new Guide to Greener Electronics.  First released in August 2006 this guide ranks the seventeen top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Greenpeace intends this to be a tool to put pressure on companies to ensure their products are as environmentally friendly - or at least minimally damaging. Nokia and Samsung are the market leaders, scoring 7.45 and 7.1 out of 10 respectively.  Nokia scored maximum points for its comprehensive voluntary take-back programme, which spans 84 countries providing almost 5000 collection points for end-of-life mobile phones. It now also scores top marks for the information it provides to customers on what to do with their discarded products.

Samsung holds its position in second place and increases its score from 6.9 to 7.1, by committing to reduce its absolute emissions of greenhouse gases, despite growth in the company’s sales. Samsung scores relatively well on all the criteria. Since November 2007, all new models of LCD panels are PVC-free, important in driving the market to phase out PVC, as Samsung is the No.1 supplier globally.

Sony Ericcson and LG electronics had moved up a couple of places by improving their energy efficiency and reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.  Microsoft stays down in 15th position for its poor recycling policy.  At the bottom was Nintendo, which seems not to have much of a green policy at all, just some vague committments to phase out PVC "Nintendo remains in last place but with an increased score of 1 out of 10, up from 0.8 points in v.11, for putting on the market games consoles whose internal wiring is PVC-free. The company has banned phthalates and is monitoring use of antimony and beryllium and although it is endeavouring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase out. "

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