January 7, 2011

Greenpeace Releases Survey Of Greenest Electronics

Environmental group Greenpeace published their rankings of the world's "greenest" consumer electronics makers on Thursday.

The "Green Electronics Survey" evaluates the greenest desktop computers, notebook computers, mobile phones, TVs and other electronic gadgets and devices available in the first quarter of 2011.

"Our survey shows that electronics manufacturers have made demonstrable progress over the past few years by producing products that are free of the worst toxic chemicals, more energy efficient and more easily taken back for reuse or recycling," Renee Blanchard, Greenpeace International Toxics Campaigner, said in a statement posted on the organization's website.

"Major brands are responding to consumer demand for greener gadgets, and we expect them to continue to innovate and make all their products, and not just a niche few, with these higher green standards," said Blanchard.

"The next challenge for the industry is to design green products that last longer and can be repaired rather than replaced every few years," Blanchard added.

Greenpeace said 21 top electronics makers were invited to be a part of the survey. Most companies agreed, but both Apple and Philips were among those that declined the offer, according to the environmental group.

The rankings were determined using various criteria including energy efficiency, product lifespan and energy consumed during production.

The top honors went to the VW-247H-HF computer monitor made by Asus. It scored a 7.5 out of a possible 10. The Taiwan-based company also had another high-ranking green product in the notebook category with the Asus UL30A.

The top-ranked netbook computer was from Taiwan's Acer -- the TM8172. The HP Compaq 6005 Pro was the greenest desktop computer. The LC-52SE1 from Japan's Sharp was the leading television.

Sony's Ericsson Aspen was the greenest smartphone and Samsung's GT-S75550 came out on top in the mobile phone category.

Companies submitting their products included Dell, Fujitsu, HCL, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM and Toshiba. In all, 18 of the 21 companies Greenpeace invited to participate in its third Green Electronics Survey.


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