Greener Electronics Toshiba Ranking - 9th Edition

Publication - September 16, 2008
Toshiba drops from 6th place to 7th with 4.7, although it scores more points than in v.8.Toshiba does well on chemicals, committing to introduce alternatives to phthalates, beryllium and antimony by 2012 – though only in its PCs, for which it loses one point. It has alsolaunched models of laptops with circuit boards free from brominated flame retardants (BFRs), EcoMark-certified products without PVC, and makes other components and parts thatare free from these harmful substances.The company does not do as well on e-waste, although it reports a recycling rate of 12% for a group of 5 types of products that includes TVs, PCs and 3 types of home appliances,but this rate is based on current (not past) sales.Toshiba improves its score on energy, gaining points for supporting global cuts in GHG emissions and greater cuts for industrialised countries as well as for reporting that 93% of newPC platforms developed since July 07 can be configured to meet Energy Star 4. However, so far Toshiba fails to report on the energy efficiency of its TVs. The company also scorespoints for disclosing greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and committing to an absolute reduction in GHG emissions.