Nokia and Sony Ericsson top of Greenpeace's green league

02 December 2008 / by Rachael Stiles
In Greenpeace's 'Guide to Greener Electronics' – which evaluates how environmentally friendly some of the world's biggest companies are – it has found that Nokia and Sony Ericsson are the top scorers.

Greenpeace rated the top 18 manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles, based on their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

The ranking reflects the demands of Greenpeace's Toxic Tech campaign to the electronic companies, demanding that they make their products less harmful to the environment by eliminating hazardous substances, implement take-back schemes where they recycle their products once the consumer has finished with them, and reducing the environmental impact of their operations and products.

Updated every three months, the scores are collated based on information gathered from each company's website which is available to the consumer. Points are deducted where a company has not followed their own published policies.

The green guide reveals that Nokia mobile phones scored the maximum points for its comprehensive voluntary take-back programme which offers points in return for old mobile phones.

Sony Ericsson mobile phones were in second place, scoring points for its new environmental warrantee, which guarantees take-back and recycling for individual products, regardless of location.

Other high scorers included Toshiba which gained points for starting to report its use of renewable energy, Samsung for its low usage of toxic chemicals, and Fujitsu Siemens which displays good energy efficiency.

The lowest scorers were two of the most well-known household names in the electronics world – Microsoft and Nintendo. Bill Gates' empire scored poorly on recycling and energy efficiency, while the Japanese games console manufacturer scored zero on most criteria except chemicals management and energy.

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