Greener Electronics Panasonic Ranking - 8th Edition

Publication - 25 June, 2008
Panasonic comes in joint 7th with Acer, scoring 4.3 points, most of them on chemicals issues. It has added six more product groups to its many models of PVC-free products, including DVD players and recorders, home cinemas, video players and lighting equipment. Panasonic gives two examples of products free of BFRs – fluorescent ceiling lamps and a kitchen lamp, Despite putting these PVC-free and BFR-free products on the market, Panasonic has still to full commit to eliminating all PVC and BFRs in its full product portfolio. The company scores poorly on e-waste and only slightly better on energy. Panasonic discloses greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations and commits to absolute reduction in emissions. It scores well on energy efficiency, with 99.2% of main models of TVs launched in 2005 meeting Energy Star and 64% exceeding by 50%. 100% of PCs launched since 2007 meet the latest Energy Star standard and 30% exceed. Despite this excellent performance, Panasonic fails to score full marks on energy efficiency, because it does not provide data on external power supplies used in the mobile phones that it sells.