Guide to Greener Electronics - LG, June 2009

Publication - 1 July, 2009
LG Electronics moves up to 4th place from 6th with a slightly improved score of 5.7. It lost points in the last edition of the scorecard for backtracking on its commitment to have all its products free of PVC and BFRs by the end of 2010. Now only mobile phones (no longer mobile products) will be free of these toxic substances from 2010; the timeline for eliminating them in TVs and monitors has been delayed until 2012. BFRs are still to be eliminated in other product lines like washing machines, but no timeline is given. PVC will be totally banned from use in household appliance models by 2014. LGE has launched new models of mobile phones with halogen-free housings, packaging and main printed wiring board. European LCD TVs are produced with halogen free housing, wiring and integrated circuit drive. It provides a timeline of 2012 for eliminating phthalates and antimony – but only in new models of mobile phones (no longer all mobile products) and TVs.