Greener electronics Panasonic ranking: Fifth Edition

Publication - September 19, 2007
Panasonic has dropped to bottom position having been hovering near the bottom in the last three editions of the Guide. This fall is due in part to its competitors making improvements.Panasonic provides a large and growing list of products on the market that are free of PVC. They include DVD players and recorders, home cinemas, and video players.. They have also added two models of lighting equipment free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) & are manufacturing halogen-free printed wiring boards for certain applications and markets. Panasonic has committed to eliminating all uses of PVC in its products – starting with internal wiring, as this hampers recycling – and have set a timeline of 2011 for getting PVC out of its notebooks. But, on BFRs, the company has yet to commit to their elimination in all products, although a timeline of 2011 has been set for getting BFRs out of notebooks and mobiles – a fraction of Panasonic’s large product range. Panasonic scores poorly for its lack of support for Individual Producer Responsibility and its limited voluntary take-back programmes. Panasonic has yet to report on its recycling rate as a percentage of past sales. Panasonic scores poorly for its lack of support for Individual Producer Responsibility and its limited voluntary take-back programmes. Panasonic has yet to report on its recycling rate as a percentage of past sales.

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