Guide to Green Electronics - Slide 18

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Microsoft drops to 17th place from 16th, with a reduced score of 1.9 points, as a result of a penalty point imposed for backtracking on its commitment to phase out BFRs and PVC by the end of 2010. Its timeline for phasing out BFRs and phthalates in all products is 2012 but its commitment to phasing out PVC is not clear. As yet it has no products that are completely free from PVC and BFRs; it needs to put products on the market that are free from BFRs in printed circuit boards before it can score points for this criterion. It no longer scores maximum points on chemicals management as its commitments on the phase out of hazardous substances are not clearly communicated to its suppliers in its Restricted Substances for Hardware specification. It also fails to show support for improvements to the revised EU RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics); specifically, a methodology for further restrictions of hazardous substances, and an immediate ban on BFRs, chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) and PVC.

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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