Guide to Green Electronics - Slide 15

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LG Electronics continues to fall down the ranking, from 12th place to joint 14th, with its score dropping from 3.7 points to 3.5. It is still weighed down by the penalty point imposed for backtracking on its commitment to have all its products free of PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) by the end of 2010. Now only mobile phones will be free of these toxic substances from 2010; TVs, monitors and PCs have to wait until 2012 and household appliance models until 2014; there is a lack of evidence on how this program will be implemented. It also loses a point (doubled) for failing to progress on bringing PVC/BFR free products onto the market. LGE still only has one first mobile phone that is free from PVC and BFRs and six models of ‘halogen-free’ Optical Disk Drives; details about other reduced halogen products are no longer there.

LGE has yet to show support for bans on PVC, BFRs and chlorinated flame retardants (BFRs/CFRs) during the revision of the EU’s RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics). It scores a point for committing to eliminate the use of phthalates and antimony in new mobile phones, TVs, monitors and PCs by 2012, and all new household appliances by 2014. The use of beryllium oxide in mobile phones has already been phased out and other kinds of beryllium compounds will be banned by 2012.

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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