Greener Electronics Philips Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - November 24, 2008

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Executive summary: Philips drops from 12th place to 15th, scoring 4.1, reduced from its overall score of 5.1 points because it keeps the penalty point incurred in v.8, due to regressive lobbying against the principle of Individual Producer Responsibility in an EU consultation on the revision of the WEEE Directive. Philips previously incurred a penalty point for its membership of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Coalition for Responsible Recycling in the US. This coalition has now been dissolved. Philips also scores zero on most of the other e-waste criteria, but gains a point for reporting on the recycling rate of the e-waste it collects in Europe.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 score on energy drops by a point because the figure of “approximately 10%” renewable energy in its total electricity mix in 2007 is too vague. The company supports mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases by industrialised countries of at least 30%. It continues to score the highest marks of all the ranked brands on energy criteria, disclosing externally verified carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and committing to absolute cuts in its operational carbon footprint by 25% by 2012 (using a baseline year of 2007). 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.

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