Greener Electronics Dell Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - 24 November, 2008

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Executive summary: Dell has been dropping down the ranking from 5th place in v.8, to 8th in v.9 and now is in 12th position, albeit with the same score of 4.7 points. On chemicals, the company earns points for putting on the market the first ‘Halogen-Reduced’ products, including a desktop with a motherboard containing halogen free laminates and halogen free chassis, a notebook with motherboard made of halogen-free laminates, halogen-free chassis plastics and fan housings and several Monitors with halogen free boards and chassis. However, Dell loses points for withdrawing from its commitment to eliminate all PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) by the end of 2009. On waste, Dell loses a point for failing to operationalise the principle of Individual Producer Responsibility. It reports a recycling rate of 12.4%, based on sales 7 years ago.On energy Dell gets points for reporting that over 42 % of laptops and 57 % of desktops (consumer and client) introduced since 20 July 2007 offer configurations that meet or exceed Energy Star requirements. Dell also scores points for disclosing its GHG emissions from global operations, gaining an extra point for getting the emissions third party verified. Dell is now reporting that in 2008 approximately 3.7% of its directly purchased electricity globally was from renewable sources – but the information is buried in its reply to the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) questionnaire.

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