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Alliance pushes tighter RoHS in consumer electronics

Posted: 25 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RoHS? consumer electronics? brominated flame retardant?

Sony Ericsson has joined Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and public interest organizations ChemSec, Clean Production Action and the European Environmental Bureau, to call for a strengthening of the EU RoHS directive.

Currently the RoHS directive restricts some heavy metals and two types of BFR. However, Sony Ericsson along with other members of the alliance is calling for restrictions on all brominated flame retardants (BFR) as well as PVC. When BFR and PVC are incinerated under substandard recycling conditions, they form halogenated dioxins that are potent toxic chemicals. Sony Ericsson believes these brominated flame retardants and PVC should be phased out from electrical and electronic products as soon as possible. Over the past 18 months Sony Ericsson has been developing products without these unwanted substances and believes that substitute materials are available and could be rolled out across the industry with little disruption.

"Sony Ericsson is committed to a complete phase-out of halogenated organic substances from its products, and at the current time has phased out almost all brominated flame retardants (BFR)," said Daniel Paska, environmental expert at Sony Ericsson. "We believe the electronics industry has a responsibility to move proactively to find substitutes to replace BFR and PVC and are therefore calling on EU legislators to show leadership on this issue by voting to tighten the RoHS directive."

Sony Ericsson along with the other members of the alliance will lobby EU legislators who are currently in the process of debating whether to tighten the existing RoHS directive and invites other members of the industry to join them.

"Sony Ericsson is committed to delivering products with the best possible environmental performance in the industry", said Mats Pellb?ck Scharp, head of corporate sustainability at Sony Ericsson. "That is why we support strong environmental legislations. We have also introduced a range of GreenHeart pioneer phones that showcase more sustainable materials like recycled plastics, waterbourne paints and energy-efficient chargers. We have also committed to making the majority of our 2011 portfolio compliant with GreenHeart requirements.

Sony Ericsson has to date phased out all PVC in its products and nearly all halogenated flame retardants.

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