Greener Electronics Philips Ranking - 8th Edition

Publication - 25 June, 2008
Philips is in 14th place, scoring 3.7, having had a penalty point deducted from its overall score of 4.7 points for double standards on Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR): on its global website Philips recognises the benefits of IPR while in the US, Philips is a member of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Coalition for Responsible Recycling, which does not support Producer Responsibility but demands that consumers pay ARFs (Advanced Recycling Fees). Philips scores zero on all the other e-waste criteria.Philips scores well on both toxic chemical and energy issues. On chemicals, Philips has committed to eliminating all phthalates and antimony by December 31 2010. Beryllium and its compounds are already restricted and arsenic is to be phased out of TV glass and other display products from 2008.Philips scores the highest marks of all the brands on energy criteria, disclosing externally verified carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, committing to absolute cuts in its operational carbon footprint by 25% by 2012 (using a baseline year of 2007) and sourcing 10% of its electricity in 2007 from renewable sources. Although Philips scores well on energy efficiency, reporting that some 71% of all TV models put on the US market after 2005 met the Energy Star standard, these data are only for US models and not all their new models globally. 10% of Philips current battery chargers models fulfil the Energy Star requirements. These models exceed the technical Energy Star requirements by 5-15%.