Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Greenpeace - Green Electronics

Greenpeace has published its annual round-up of Green electronics products. This is an annual report that goes beyond the quarterly assessments of suppliers (Guide to Greener Electronics - see previous blogs) to look at specific products. Companies provided information on their Greenest products and input was received from Acer, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM/Blackberry, Sharp, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba (Apple, Asus, Microsoft, Nintendo, Palm and Philips apparently all refused to participate).

Among the findings were:

- Progress continues in phasing out the use of hazardous chemicals.

- For larger products such as TVs and monitors, significant amounts of post-consumer recycled plastic are being used, while mobile phones and - with some exceptions - desktop and notebook computers are lagging behind in this respect.

- Companies have adapted quickly to new Energy Star requirements

- While more companies now track the energy used to produce their products, there is no international standard that allows for a good comparison of energy embodied in the product to be made.

- Even though computer manufacturers are generally good at providing in-use energy data and comparisons for their products, monitor and television producers need to make this a higher priority.

- While some companies now have sections on their website that list green products, these are still usually not prominent enough to promote green products as a major purchasing decision.

Among the product winners were:

Desktop computers - Lenovo ThinkCentre 58/M58p, ahead of Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo E7935 E-Star 4 (followed by products from Dell, HP and Acer)

Notebook computers - Toshiba Portege R600, ahead of HP Elitebook 2530p (followed by products from Lenovo, Dell and Sony)

Computer Monitors - Lenovo L2440x wide, ahead of Fujitsu Siemens SCENICVIEW PPW-5 ECO

The full report is here.

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