Greenpeace’s ranking of the greenest electronics manufacturers once again has put Nokia at the top. The ranking offers consumers a snapshot of what’s going on in electronics manufacturing and the changes that are made to improve environmental standards.
Nokia scored 7 points out of 10 and was awarded top spot due to materials used, recyclability of its goods and due its policy of actively encouraging its customers to recycle. Greenpeace reported Nokia’s improved take-back practice in India is especially exemplary of what improving your green credentials ought to be all about.
Greenpeace says dealing with ewaste is a key strategy in cleaning up the electronics sector. Handling ewaste is the backbone of improving the concept of responsible enterprise, the organization says. It has been campaigning for for improvements in ewaste handling in India for an extensive amount of time.
India sees the emergence of 1,040 tonnes of e-waste every day, a lot of which is due to shipments from abroad. Only 10 tonnes are treated adequately. Greenpeace has proposed a tracking system that tracks products to find out what the producer of a particular electronics product does to prevent it polluting the environment by the end of its life cycle. The amount of e-waste produced every day is expected to rise to 4,300 tonnes per day by 2012, so that proposal ain’t wasted. The ewaste mostly ends up being burnt or handled in ways that are harmful for the environment.
Greenpeace wants bar coding or holograms or any other means to track computers and other electronic goods during their life cycle and also wants a law to be passed that enforce this. The organization has also been campaigning for electronic goods manufacturers to be RoHS compliant. RoHS is already mandatory in the European Union and stands for the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
First launched in August 2006 and now in its 9th edition, the Greenpeace quarterly ranking only covers the largest manufacturers in the mobile phone, computer, TV and games console markets. Energy efficiency is what earned Samsung its second place in the ranking, scoring 5.9 out of 10. Fujitsu Siemens climbed a few places in the list after setting 2010 as its deadline to eliminate toxic PVC plastic and all BFRs from its computers and other products. The company was awarded 5.4 points out of ten.
At the bottom of the list was, once again, Nintendo. This company has a growing reputation for the high levels of toxic chemical use and the low recyclability of its products. But it is ROHS compliant. Another glimmer of hope for Nintendo is that Greenpeace’s survey is hotting up on energy use. Nintendo’s Wii console is more energy efficient compared to the Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation.
Greenpeace says the Guide already has been a key driving force in getting many companies to make significant improvements to their environmental policies. “It continues to provoke significant change in the industry”, Greenpeace says, singling out Intel, which recently announced that its new Xeon 5400 processors use transistors made from hafnium, thus avoiding the use of toxic Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs). Apple also is endearing itself to activist mediated consumers, announcing that its new line of iPods would be free of BFRs, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and mercury.
If you’re doing a little research before you’re buying electronics, you should start your search by checking out Greenpeace’s quarterly rankings of the greenest manufacturers for some global info, then head to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) website helps you evaluate PC products based on environmental criteria and then verify your findings at Greenguard.org. The Greenguard website tests for more than 2,000 chemical emissions including carcinogens, allergens and irritants.
The Whole list with the leaders at the top is here: (more info on Greenpeace’s Website)
#3 Fujitsu Siemens
#4 Sony Ericsson