Greener Electronics Sony Ranking - 10th Edition

Publication - 24 November, 2008

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Executive summary: Sony drops to joint 7th place with the same total score of 5.3. Sony does relatively well on chemicals, its score boosted by having models on the market that are partially free of PVC and BFRs, including three models of video recorders and many models of the Personal Computer VAIO, “WALKMAN”, Camcorder and Digital camera.On waste issues, Sony scores relatively well for its voluntary take-back and recycling of the e-waste generated by its branded products, although not much in non-OECD countries. It reports a recycling rate of 53% based on past sales of TVs and PCs, but this information is only for Japan. On energy Sony still has room for improvement; it scores points for disclosing externally-verified greenhouse gas emissions for over 200 sites, reporting on its use of renewable energy (1.02% as a proportion of total electricity use) in 2006 and committing to absolute cuts in GHG emissions. Sony is now reporting on energy efficiency: all AC adapters of "VAIO" PCs meet the requirements of California’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. However, the reporting period for energy efficiency of PCs is incorrect and Sony has yet to report on compliance with the Energy Star standard for all of its TV models, put on the market since July 2005.