Greener Electronics Toshiba Ranking - 8th Edition

Publication - 25 June, 2008
Toshiba, in 6th place with 4.3 points, due mostly to its score on chemicals, for committing to introduce alternatives to phthalates, beryllium and antimony by 2012 – though only in its PCs. It has also launched models of laptops whose circuit boards are free from brominated flame retardants (BFRs), EcoMark-certified products without PVC, and makes other components and parts that are 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, and is based on current (not past) sales. On energy, Toshiba only scores points for disclosing greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and committing to an absolute reduction in GHG emissions.