updated 04:20 am EST, Fri January 8, 2010
Samsung, Dell, Lenovo follow close behind
Greenpeace has announced its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, amid the plethora of product announcements this week at CES. The activist organization praises Apple for actively addressing environmental issues, with the removal of hazardous substances topping the list of priorities. Nokia leads the pack when comparing scores, with Sony Ericsson following close behind.
"Apple is leading and HP is playing catch up," said Greenpeace campaigner Casey Harrell. "But the lack of action from other companies is ensuring that customers and the environment are still losing out."
Samsung took the most significant fall in ratings, dropping from second place down to the seventh position. Greenpeace criticizes the company for failing to meet its pledge to eliminate BFRs by January of 2010. Samsung has recently focused on removing toxic substances from its mobile phones, while improving its notebooks is a goal for 2011.
Dell, Lenovo and LG also dropped in ranking, with each company reportedly failing to follow through with promises regarding environmental initiatives. Initial commitments set a target of BFR and PVC removal by the end of 2009, while the latest targets have been extended into 2011.
"In 2010, we should see significant developments, with products free of PVC and BFRs in the PC and TV markets," said Harrell.