“Our survey shows that electronics manufacturers have made demonstrable progress over the past few years by producing products that are free of the worst toxic chemicals, more energy efficient and can be taken back easily for reuse or recycling,” said Abhishek Pratap, Greenpeace India Toxic Campaigner.
In June 2010, Greenpeace invited 21 leading electronics companies to participate in its third Green Electronics Survey. The companies were asked to submit their greenest products across six categories. 18 companies rose to the challenge, sharing their most prized environment friendly products.
“Toward Green Electronics” ranks these products and assesses the progress made over the past year by consumer electronics companies on their public commitments to green their products and reduce their impact on the environment.
“Major brands are responding to consumer demand for greener gadgets, and we expect them to continue to innovate and make all their products and not just a niche few meet these high green standards,” Pratap said. (2)
The Asus VW-247H-HF computer monitor scored highest with 7.5 points (on a 10 point scale). Other product category leaders include the Sharp LC-52SE1 television (6.46), the Sony Ericsson Aspen smartphone (6.21), the Samsung GT-S75550 mobile phone (7.03), the Asus UL30A notebook computer (5.59), Acer TM8172 netbook computer (5.08), and the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim desktop (6.06). (3)
For the past six years, Greenpeace has been campaigning to make electronics companies reduce their use of toxic chemicals and improve take-back and responsible recycling programs. At every stage of a product’s lifecycle, from material extraction, through production and consumer use and ultimate disposal, electronic products can impact human health and the environment. (4)
“Its clear from our research that the consumer electronics giants can design and bring to market greener products,” said Pratap. “The next challenge for the industry is to design green products that last longer and can be repaired rather than replaced every few years. (5)
Greenpeace representatives will be at CES and are blogging at www.gigaom.com/cleantech/topic/greenpeace-CES/
Notes to Editors:
• The Greenpeace report is available at: www.greenpeace.org/electronics
• Criteria questions focused on the following areas: toxic chemical phase out, energy efficiency, product lifespan and energy used in production, with additional points given for unique innovation.
• Companies that chose to participate in the survey were: Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HCL, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM/Blackberry, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba and Wipro.
Abhishek Pratap, Greenpeace India Senior Campaigner +91 98456 10749,
Shashwat Raj, Greenpeace India Media Officer +91 96868 61974,
In Las Vegas:
Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International IT Analyst + 1 415 307 3382
Daniel Kessler, Greenpeace International Communications, + 1 510 501 1779
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