Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide Out; Apple Dips, HP & Samsung Score High

October 28, 2010 / No Comments

Greenpeace has released the latest 16th version of influential guide to greener electronics. Nokia retained the top position of the rankings which it has held since 2008. Sony Ericsson and Philips retain their second and third positions, respectively.

iPhone Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide Out; Apple Dips, HP & Samsung Score High

HP was previously lambasted by Greenpeace over backtracking on a commitment to eliminate toxic chemicals from its products. Now the company has rose from eighth place to fourth.

The improvement has been made possible with the launch of PVC-free and BFR-free products. It also promised to phase out beryllium by next July.

The company’s score went up from 4.9 to 5.5.  Although Greenpeace said the company must now move to phase out BFR and PVC from all its products.

Samsung had the biggest rise on the scoreboard. It rose from 13th place to fifth. The company had previously been accused of misleading Greenpeace over its inability to meet deadlines for eliminating BFRs from new models of its products by January 2010 and PVC by the end of the year.

Now the penalty points with regard to this black mark have been removed and this has led to the leap. But the fact that it has reneged on these commitments still stands against the company.

Apple had fallen from fifth place to ninth.  Though, Apple’s score remains the same as last year, 4.9. At the same time HP and Samsung have made it into the top positions. Now Greenpeace has said the company needs to work on the transparency of its supply chain.

The California-based company still performs well on most counts, including lobbying the EU for a ban on PVC, chlorinated flame retardants and BFRs as the EU revises the RoHS Directive. Greenpeace said that Apple needs to clarify its stance on organo-chlorine and bromine compounds.

(Via The Guardian)