November 10, 2011
HP, Dell Deemed Greenest Electronic Companies
Hewlett Packard (HP) and Dell have overtaken Nokia atop Greenpeace's list of the greenest electronics manufacturers on the planet, Peter Sayer of IDG News reported on Wednesday.
The environmental group's updated guide to the most Earth-friendly computers, televisions, and mobile phones "recognizes the efforts" that HP and Dell have made "to clean up their supply chain“¦ while Nokia has slipped back to third place after leading since September 2008," Sayer added.Apple was up five places to number four, with Philips, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Sony rounding out the top 10.
Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturers of the BlackBerry, finished in last place of the study of 15 top consumer electronics firms, according to the IDG News report. In their guide, Greenpeace said that RIM "needs to improve reporting and disclosure of its environmental performance compared to other mobile phone makers."
Other companies on the list include Sharp (11th place), Acer (12th place), and LG Electronics and Toshiba (tied for 13th place). Downloadable report cards for each company are available on the Greenpeace website.
"After many of the world's leading electronics companies rose to the challenge of phasing out the worst hazardous substances, we are now challenging them to improve their sourcing of minerals and better managing the energy use throughout the supply chain", Greenpeace International campaigner Tom Dowdall said while announcing the results, according to USA Today's Wendy Koch.
"In its 17th Guide to Greener Electronics, the group said HP rose three spots from last year by reducing the carbon emissions from its manufacturing as well as its supply chain and for advocating legislation to fight climate change," she added. "In August, HP, the world's largest seller of desktop and laptop computers, said it would stop selling tablets and smartphones and might exit its PC operations."
USA Today added that, in this year's Greenpeace report, second-place Dell climbed eight places from its previous 10th place finish, largely due to the company's plans to cut carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2020.
Likewise, Apple's leap up the charts is because of high scores on green products and a "relatively strong" sustainable operations score. Nokia, on the other hand, slipped out of the top position due to a poor score in energy consumption.
According to Sayer, Greenpeace has made changes to the 2011 edition of the study, placing greater emphasis on actions than words, in response to companies who "are continuing to make fine promises but no changes," as well as "measuring new aspects of their operations" and dropping some manufacturers (including Microsoft and Nintendo) from the list completely.
"Greenpeace praised all but the last four companies for either their product energy efficiency, the disclosure of their own greenhouse gas emissions, or both," Sayer wrote. "HP and Dell were also praised for their sustainable sourcing of paper products, Nokia and Apple for their voluntary take-back programs in countries without electronic product recycling laws, and Sony Ericsson for its chemicals management and advocacy."
"Sony was criticized (and lost a point) for opposing legislation in California to make battery chargers and appliances more energy efficient," he added. "Twelve of the companies (all save Acer, LG and Sony Ericsson) were warned that they too will lose a point next year if they continue to support industry bodies that have also opposed the energy efficiency legislation."
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