Greener Electronics Acer Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - 24 November, 2008

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Executive summary: Acer increases its score slightly to 4.7 points but drops to 11th place. It scores most points for its efforts on toxic chemicals with a commitment to phase out all phthalates, beryllium and compounds and antimony and compounds in all new products by 2012, although it does not yet have any products that are free of PVC and BFRs on the market. Acer scores poorly on e-waste even though it is reporting a recycling rate of 31.7% based on past sales, for desktops and notebooks, but only those sold and recycled in Taiwan. It loses a point for failing to operationalise and do more lobbying for Individual Producer Responsibility. On energy, Acer gains points for supporting global cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 50% by 2050 and 30% by 2020 from industrialised countries (compared to 1990 levels). It provides data on its GHG emissions in Taiwan and for reporting on the energy efficiency of its products; since 20 July 2007, 75% of Acer’s notebook PCs, 10% of desktop PCs and 100% of LCD monitors have been verified as Energy Star compliant.