How the companies line up 17th Edition

Background - 18 November, 2012
This is an archive of our ranking guide from November 2011. The Guide to Greener Electronics ranks the top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.
#1 hp

HP 5.9/10

Up three places, HP is now the top scoring company - strongest on sustainable operations and energy criteria but could improve on green products criteria. 
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#2 dell

Dell 5.1/10

Up eight places, Dell scores best on energy criteria with a strong target to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2015 but scores poorly on green products. 
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#3 nokia

Nokia 4.9/10

Down two places, Nokia loses its leadership position to HP and Dell over energy criteria but scores well on green products and sustainable operations. 
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#4 apple

Apple 4.6/10

Up five places, Apple is now a joint top scoring company on green products and relatively strong on sustainable operations, but scores poorly on energy. 
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#5 philips

Philips 4.5/10

Philips gets a strong score along with Sony for supporting progressive clean energy policy and on energy criteria overall. Down two places.
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#6 sony ericsson

Sony Ericsson 4.2/10

Sony Ericsson gets a joint top score on green products and good sustainable operation score but is weak on energy criteria. Down four places.
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#7 samsung

Samsung 4.1/10

Down two places, Samsung scores best on sustainable operations but needs to improve on energy criteria, especially on sourcing more green power. 
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#8 lenovo

Lenovo 3.8/10

Up six places, Lenovo scores highest on sustainable operations but needs to set strong goals to reduce carbon emissions and boost renewable energy use. 
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#9 panasonic

Panasonic 3.6/10

Down three places, Panasonic gets one of the highest scores on greener products but scores poorly on energy, and needs to have a clear plan on how it can cut carbon emissions and boost renewable energy use. 
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#10 sony

Sony 3.6/10

Down four places, Sony receives a penalty point for lobby against stricter energy efficiency standards in California. However it also received top scores for supporting ambitious climate targets in Europe.
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#11 sharp

Sharp 3/10

Sharp supports a new renewable energy law in Japan but scores poor on all sustainable operations criteria. Stays in 11th place.
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#12 acer

Acer 2.9/10

Acer scores poorly compared to major competitors, good on hazardous substance phase out but poor on energy criteria. Stays in 12th place.
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#13 lge

LG Electronics 2.8/10

Up one point, LGE has weak emissions reduction targets and needs to increase renewable energy use. 
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#13 toshiba

Toshiba 2.8/10

Up three places, Toshiba has made some progress on phasing out hazardous substances but needs to improve on energy criteria.
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#15 rim

RIM 1.6/10

New to the Guide, RIM needs to improve reporting and disclosure of its environmental performance compared to other mobile phone makers.
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