Sony phone & laptop are greenest IT products, but latest Greenpeace electronics survey says industry has far to go
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Author: Greenpeace International
The Sony Vaio TZ11 notebook, the Sony Ericsson T650i mobile phone and the Sony Ericsson P1i PDA come out on top in Greenpeace's "Searching for Greener Electronics" survey, released today at CeBIT. But, the race for a green electronic product has not been won yet, each of these products scored just over half of the possible 100 points available to win. Fourteen major electronics brands agreed to provide information for the survey, submitting information on their most environmentally friendly products - desktops, notebooks, mobile phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). Thirty seven products were awarded points against green design criteria including: the substitution of hazardous chemical substances, energy efficiency and 'recyclability'. [Refers to improvements in products by Apple, Nokia.
Also links to full survey with rankings of products by Dell, HP, Fujitsu-Siemens, Lenovo, Nokia, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic (part of Matsushita), Mio, BlackBerry (by RIM - Research in Motion).
Companies that did not participate in survey or responded too late: Acer, Apple, Asus, Creative, Microsoft, Nintendo, Palm, Sharp]
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- Related companies: Acer Apple Asus Creative Technology Dell Ericsson Fujitsu Fujitsu Siemens (part of Fujitsu) Fujitsu Technology Solutions (part of Fujitsu) HP (Hewlett-Packard) Lenovo LG Electronics (part of LG Corp.) Matsushita (now Panasonic) Microsoft Mio Technology Motorola Nintendo Nokia Palm Panasonic Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) Samsung Sharp Siemens Sony Sony Ericsson (joint venture Sony & Ericsson) Toshiba
By producing the only products to score over the 50 percent mark in a survey of business and consumer electronics products, Sony's Vaio notebook and a Sony Ericsson mobile phone and PDA were the most environmentally friendly models on the market -- but the results show just how far the industry as a whole has to come... Greenpeace said that its findings do suggest that the industry is taking significant steps toward green electronics. The report's authors find that the industry is moving out in front of existing regulations, like RoHS and WEEE, and that manufacturers and purchasers alike are quickly responding to the demand for toxic-free and energy efficient products, despite years of neglect on both of those fronts. [also refers to positive steps on by Dell, HP, Apple, Nokia; failure to disclose environmental data by Nintendo]