Greenpeace’s latest report on respect for the environment of electronics manufacturers has shown promising progress, but some companies refuse to participate. The organization sent questionnaires to 20 companies on the chemicals used in the production of personal computers, mobile phones, monitors and other computer equipment and data received from all but two, Apple and Philips the only companies that refuse to provide data.
Asus was the greenest of the companies surveyed, topping charts in both the list of portable computing with gratitude UL30A and monitors for the VW-247H-HF. Dell scored very poorly, with the Latitude 2110 netbook considered the most polluting and the worst smartphone Aero. Indian manufacturer Wipro also scored poorly on both desktops and laptops.
“Our survey shows that electronics manufacturers have made demonstrable progress in recent years in producing products that are free of chemicals more dangerous, more energy efficient and more easily returned for reuse and recycling,” said Renee Blanchard The Greenpeace Toxics campaign. “This report allows the industry to do what he does best, competing for a new perspective and innovation in environmental policies.”
In general, the industry has been the acceleration of the elimination of both polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants and other toxic chemicals and energy consumption by devices are improving faster than expected. However, businesses still without two key areas: product recycling devices and the creation of longer duration. In addition, some comapnies only provided very limited information – for example, Lenovo only returns data on their monitors, not expanding its line of PC.
“The electronics industry is committed to use organic products and practices for the benefit of consumers, communities and the environment in general,” said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association.
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