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Nokia grabs top spot in green electronics list

Posted: 19 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:green electronics? Greenpeace list? Nokia take-back?

Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics revealed that five leading brands are making significant progress in greening their electronics products.

Nokia regains the lead, ranking seven points out of 10. Its table-topping score is due to improved take-back practice in India.

"Most of the brands are responding to the more stringent chemical and e-waste criteria in the Greenpeace Guide and the recently added energy criteria. Top scorers on energy efficiency of individual products are Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Toshiba is an example of one company that has improved its climate policy," said Iza Kruszewska, toxics campaigner for Greenpeace International.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers jumps to third placeup from 15 in Junewith a score of 5.5 points. The company has finally set late 2010 as its deadline for eliminating PVC plastic and all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) across its product range. Sony Ericsson ranked fourth followed by Sony, both scoring 5.3.

So far, no company has released a computer completely free of BFRs and PVC, though several have recently launched new products with restricted amounts of toxic BFRs and PVC. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also recently announced that the new iPod line will be free of BFRs, PVC and mercury following the lead of companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

"We see this as a very positive step by Apple towards its commitment to eliminate these toxic elements from all of its products by end of 2008. But, we are disappointed with the new iPod's built-in obsolescencehigh battery replacement costs encourage a new product purchase," Kruszewska stressed.

Philips stands out as the company with the worst position on e-waste and recycling. It ranks 12th with 4.3 points, retaining its penalty point for negative lobbying on Individual Producer Responsibility in the European Union.

Languishing at the bottom is Microsoft, which received 2.2; Sharp, 3.1; and Nintendo which remains rooted to the bottom with 0.8.

The Guide continues to drive significant change in the industry with Intel's recent announcement that its new Xeon 5400 processors use transistors made from Hafnium so avoiding the use of fire retardants such as BFRs.

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