Guide to Green Electronics - Slide 8

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Panasonic stays in sixth place (together with Sony and Motorola) with an increased score of 5.1, up from 4.9. It gains points on the voluntary take-back of its products for launching the first program for the take-back of TVs in a non-OECD country. Despite this, it is still weakest on the criteria relating to e-waste and recycling and scores best on the chemicals and energy criteria.

Panasonic’s score on use of toxic chemicals is boosted by many models of PVC-free products on the market, including notebook computers, mobile phones, home cinemas and lighting equipment; it gives two examples of products free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) – fluorescent ceiling lamps and a kitchen lamp; however, it needs to show more progress in bringing new products onto the market that are free from these hazardous substances in order to keep these points. Despite putting these PVC-free and BFR-free products on the market, Panasonic has yet to commit to fully eliminating all PVC and BFRs across its whole product portfolio. 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 vinyl plastic.

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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