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Greenpeace lauds Apple, HP in new electronics rankings

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed September 30, 2009

Dell, LG, Lenovo suffer criticisms

Activist group Greenpeace has released a new edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics, which ranks major high-tech corporations in terms of their alleged environmental friendliness. Among the companies favored by Greenpeace's press efforts is Apple, which the group notes recently disclosed its carbon emissions. Apple has risen in rankings from 11th to 9th, aided not by the disclosure but by being the "most progressive" computer maker in terms of removing product toxins.

Greenpeace comments that Apple's emissions tracking will only affect the next guide, and that the company must actually act on reducing carbon levels.

Despite holding onto 14th place, HP has been commended for the ProBook 5310m, which is said to be the company's first PC to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from everything but the power supply and cabling. Dell and Lenovo are criticized for postponing toxic phase-outs indefinitely, with the latter shifting in rank to second-last, ahead of Nintendo but below Fujitsu. LG has slipped in position from 4th to 11th, as a result of dropping plans to eliminate PVC and BFRs from all products by the end of 2010.

Philips has jumped from 7th to 4th through work on recycling policies; Sony is up from 12th to 8th due to changes in waste and chemical handling. Dominating the guide this period is Nokia, followed by Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

by MacNN Staff



  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    blah blah blah... OH LOOK, WHALES!

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    once again

    greenpeace claims all credit for anything anybody does that in some way is "environmentally friendly".

  1. lolcat789

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wouldn't trust greenpeace no matter who was at the top.

    I need actual facts and not just what companies say.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's great that someone is actually ranking companies based on their environmental friendliness and I doubt Apple would be doing any of its so-called Green marketing if they didn't want to try and improve on this and other ratings.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who cares?

    Who gives a s*** what these leftover hippies think about anything?

  1. Johnny Niles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Greenpeace's rating system

    Previously, the reason Apple got low scores is because of how Greenpeace grades. Greenpeace are a bunch of jackasses who love to draw attention to themselves, so when they don't have the required information to grade a company on a specific statistic like recycling, they assign them a ZERO. The zero then drags the entire curve down and it's not because they're environmentally unfriendly - it's just that Greenpeace doesn't have that information.

    If Greenpeace were even slightly interested in telling the truth about these companies they would grade them honestly, and not count the lack of information against the companies they're grading. However, since Greenpeace are jackasses, they grade this way to raise a big stink over nothing.

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