COMPANY SCORES PLUMMET AS GREENPEACE EXPANDS THE RANKING CRITERIA IN ITS GUIDE TO GREENER ELECTRONICS
July 6, 2010
Of the 18 electronics companies evaluated in the 8th edition of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics released today, only two companies - Sony Ericsson and Sony – score above 5/10. The overall score of the ranked companies has plummeted as Greenpeace tightens requirements on electronic waste (e-waste) and toxic chemicals and adds new requirements for evaluating companies’ impact on global warming.
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Notes: Full report and details available at: https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ewaste
(1) For full explanation of the new evaluation criteria, visit: www.greenpeace.org/electronics-ranking-criteria-explained.
(2) Fujitsu Siemens scores full marks on the requirement to support global mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Nokia leads the pack on renewable energy, already deriving 25% of its total electricity needs from renewable sources with a target to increase this to 50% in 2010. Philips used some 10% renewable energy in 2007 and intends to increase this to 25% by 2012.
(3) Energy Star is a joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy program setting energy efficiency standards for electrical and electronics products; more information at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.
(4) Sony Ericsson stands out as the first company to score almost top marks on all the chemicals criteria, missing this target only by having unacceptably high threshold limits for brominated flame retardants (BFRs), meaning that many of its products are claimed to be BFR-free.