Greener Electronics Microsoft Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - 24 November, 2008

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Executive summary: Microsoft remains in 17th position with an improved score of 2.9 points, which it earns mainly on the toxic chemicals criteria. The company has committed to removing PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from its hardware products by or before 2010, and phthalates by the end of 2010.On e-waste, Microsoft scores only on its weak support for Individual Producer Responsibility and on reporting that it financed the collection and recycling of e-waste equivalent to 17% of worldwide sales in 2007, without elaborating on how the figure was calculated. On energy, the company gets points for reporting its total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from its own operations, and that in 2007, 24.4% of all the electricity used was from renewable sources.