Guide to Green Electronics - Slide 11

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Dell increases its score to 4.9 from 4.3, maintaining its position in 10th place, gaining points on both the chemicals and the e-waste criteria. However, Dell continues to be hampered by the penalty point imposed for backtracking on its commitment to eliminate PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in all its products by the end of 2009.

Dell now scores full marks for demonstrating proactive advocacy in its support for restrictions on PVC and BFRs in the revised EU RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics). Dell’s first completely PVC and BFR-free products on the market are the G-Series Monitors, although PVC and BFR-free cables are currently available only in North America, Japan, Europe/Middle East and Africa. In total, it has 35 PVC/BFR reduced or PVC/BFR-free products, including laptops and a desktop. Dell has also released a BFR/PVC-free mobile phone, the Mini 3i, which is sold only in China. However, its current commitment to eliminate PVC and BFRs by the end of 2011 is limited to computing products.

The latest edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics exposes the widening gap between companies that make good on their promises to clean up, and those that don't. While some of the top electronics manufacturers are failing to keep their environmental commitments, others are innovating and making significant gains in phasing out toxic chemicals, increasing energy efficiency, and making it easier for consumers to recycle old products.

This slideshow highlights Greenpeace’s 2010 Version 16 ranking of the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and game consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

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