Feeds

Eco-activist gets tougher with gadget makers

Greenpeace shifts green goalposts

Reducing security risks from open source software

Sony and Sony Ericsson (SE) may have topped Greenpeace’s latest Guide to Greener Electronics, but almost all manufacturers saw their scores plunge thanks to new, more stringent marking criteria.

Greenpeace_guide_to_greener_electronics_version_eight

Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics: how the vendors rated

Greenpeace said that “given the increasing evidence of climate change”, it was now necessary to make the grading system tougher and to create additional grading criteria. For example, it added more toxic compounds to its list of materials manufacturers must commit themselves to eliminate and provide a timeline for that process. Chemicals added to the roster of nasties include beryllium in all its forms and compounds of antimony.

The environmentalist merged timeline requirements for firms’ commitments to eliminating PVC and BFR chemicals from products, but extended the elimination of phthalates to take in all incarnations of the compound.

Sony and SE may have been awarded the joint top rank, each netting a score of 5.1 out of ten, but Greenpeace felt that all 18 companies it scrutinised still need clean-up their products by eliminating all hazardous substances.

Greenpeace’s second key demand is for all firms to improve their product take-back and recycling strategies.

In the latest rankings, Nokia would have taken first place with a score of 5.8, but Greenpeace again penalised the mobile phone giant for “corporate misbehaviour on its take-back and recycling practice”. Nokia consequently had to settle for a score of 4.8.

In version seven of the report, released back in March, Greenpeace also slapped a penalty onto Nokia because of deficiencies in its recycling programme.

This time around, Samsung and Dell, were awarded identical scores of 4.5. Both firms scored well for over their timelines for phasing out use of PVC and BFRs. Samsung was also congratulated for its use of recycled plastic content.

But both firms took a spanking over the amount of renewable energy they use - or, rather, the lack of.

Toshiba, Acer, Panasonic, Motorola and HP all scored 4.3. Toshiba and Acer were both noted on their good timelines for the phase-out of PVC and BFR use, something at which Greenpeace said Panasonic is “partially bad”. Motorola was noted for the efficiency of new models because, globally, all its mobile phone chargers now meet Energy Star Level 4 requirements.

And now for the negatives. Toshiba, it seems, doesn’t use a high enough amount of renewable energy and doesn’t have a commitment to increase use of renewable energy sources. Motorola received a ticking-off because, although it has goals to increase the use of recycled materials in products, no examples or quantities were supplied to Greenpeace.

Apple, which in the previous report scored of 6.7, has since seen its score drop to 4.1. Greenpeace admitted that the firm’s timeline for PVC and BFR phase-out is positive, but slapped the iPhone maker on the wrist for failing to provide a timeline over which it’ll withdraw use of other Earth-damaging chemicals, such as beryllium.

Greenpeace also hit-out at Apple over its use of recycled plastic content, it’s somewhat sketchy information about plans for the reduction of its carbon footprint, and failure to provide any information about the amount of renewable energy it uses, if any.

Version eight of the report is still bad news for Microsoft and Nintendo, with the Wii maker again coming in last position. Microsoft also received some damning environmental criticism.

Microsoft scored just 2.2 “miserable” points and is heavily criticised for just about everything, ranging from the amount of recycling it does to the efficiency of its new models. The firm doesn’t even have any products free of PVC and BFRs.

Nintendo was awarded a “pitiful” 0.8 points because, although it’s in the process of phasing out PVC use from packaging, timelines aren’t given for, say, withdrawal of PVC and BFRs from products. Oh well, at least the company’s executives have Wii Sports to take their frustrations out on…

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.