Greenpeace commends HCL’s green initiatives, urges the IT major to keep going green

Press release - September 18, 2007
NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace today complimented HCL for its recent commitments to move further towards offering clean products and taking back those that have reached the end of their life. Greenpeace activists visited HCL headquarters in Noida with a banner that read 'Bravo HCL!' Keep going green’. The Indian IT major recently announced a series of measures that are in line with Greenpeace demands.

Greenpeace lauds HCL's commitments to green its operations, while urging the company to take further steps to solve the problem of toxics in the electronics industry.

HCL has committed to a phase out of PVC and all BFRs from all its products by 2009 and 2010 respectively, even as it called for a Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation in India. The company has also made it clear that it would proactively promote and push for a legislation based on the principle of Extended/Individual Producer Responsibility.

"HCL's public commitments to playing a lead role in solving the e-waste problem has given much needed impetus to the Indian IT sector." said Pranav Sinha, Greenpeace toxics campaigner. "It is now for other players, industry associations and the government to come forward and proactively work towards making the Indian IT sector clean and competitive in a global market. This can be achieved through a combination of legislation and industry initiatives to design clean products and take back and safely recycle end-of-life products," Sinha said.

Apart from western countries such as those in the EU, eastern manufacturers such as China, Taiwan and Thailand, have also created progressive regulatory frameworks to foster the greener growth of the electronics sector. In contrast, India does not even have a basic legislation like RoHS. Greenpeace believes that this ironically presents India with the opportunity to draft a state-of-the-art legal framework based on the EPR principle, which would address the e-waste crisis. As the biggest Indian computer manufacturer, HCL's commitment to play a proactive role on this issue is a good beginning.

For further information, contact

For further information, please contact:
Pranav Sinha, Greenpeace Toxics campaigner @ 09880821149
Saumya Tripathy, Greenpeace Communications @ 09343862212