Greener Electronics Lenovo Ranking - 9th Edition

Publication - 16 September, 2008
Lenovo is in 14th position with a score of 4.1 points, gained mainly on the e-waste criteria. Lenovo now has a take-back programme in the US and reports a recycling rate of 2.16%of the weight of products shipped in 2007 and 7.74% of the weight of products shipped in 2000. However, much of that data is based on the amount of EU e-waste whose recyclingwas financed by Lenovo – by current market share – and may bear no relation to the amount of Lenovo branded e-waste actually recycled.Lenovo scores well on most of the toxic chemical criteria. However, it has yet to put on the market products free of brominated flame retardants and PVC vinyl plastic and needs tocommit to the phase out of beryllium (including alloys and compounds), antimony and its compounds and all phthalates.Lenovo discloses greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global operations in 2007, although these are not externally verified. Lenovo also scores double points on energy efficiency,for having all global models of notebook, desktop and monitor introduced since the effective date of Energy Star 4 meeting the current Energy Star requirements, either in the basic models or as an option. Energy Star compliance is not supplied as standard for all models; for some models, customers can opt for non-Energy Star compliant PCs.