Greener Electronics LGE Ranking - 9th Edition

Publication - 16 September, 2008
LG Electronics soars to 6th position from 16th in v.8, with a score of 4.9, gaining most of its new points on e-waste and energy criteria.LGE has launched new models of mobile phones with halogen-free housings, packaging and main printed wiring board. It now provides a timeline of 2012 for eliminating phthalatesand antimony – but only in new models of mobile phones.LGE improves its score on e-waste by starting a take-back programme for its products in the US, including LG, Zenith and GoldStar brands of TVs. It also gains points for reporting itsuse of (post-industrial) recycled plastic across all LGE products as 11%, with plans to increase this to 25%, but without a timeline. The company has compiled figures for e-wasterecycling in Europe, Asia and North America and reports a recycling rate in relation to current sales for all regions. Globally, the recycling rate for total IT and telecom equipment is13.2% and consumer equipment (that includes TVs) is 13.7%.LGE now scores points on the energy criteria for reporting emissions of GHGs from its factories in Korea and for information that 100% of its chargers exceed the Energy Star standard(v.1.1) by 50%. But data provided for energy efficiency of TVs is for models introduced in 2007, not since the latest Energy Star standard, which came into effect July 2005.