Greenpeace Ranks Tech Products On Eco-Soundness

Greenpeace Ranks Tech Products On Eco-Soundness

Jan 08

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GREENPEACE RANKS TECH PRODUCTS ON ECO-SOUNDNESS
By James Temple
San Francisco Chronicle
January 6, 2011

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Many of the technology companies showcasing their wares at the International Consumer Electronics Show this week are playing up green features like lower power consumption or the use of recycled materials. But calling something environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily make it so.

That’s why Greenpeace International takes it upon itself each year to analyze purportedly green products from leading electronics manufacturers. The Amsterdam environmental organization will release the results of the latest survey at CES this morning, but provided a sneak peak to The Chronicle.

Greenpeace ranked products from 18 companies that were available as of late last year across seven categories. The group scored devices on a 10-point scale based on a number of factors, including: energy efficiency, the exclusion of hazardous chemicals like polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants, the inclusion of recycled materials, and features or support that increase the life of the product.

“What we’re really focused on is how far the industry has come, what hurdles they’ve overcome and what hurdles they have left,” said Renee Blanchard, a representative of Greenpeace’s Green Electronics Team.

The overall winner among submitted entries was the Asus VW-247H-HF computer monitor, earning 7.5 points. The HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim took the desktop computer category with 6.06 points, the Asus UL30A won among notebooks with 5.59, and the Acer TM8172 topped the netbook group with 5.08.

The Samsung GT-S7550, known as Blue Earth, won among mobile phones with 7.03, and the Sony Ericsson Aspen M1i was the top smart phone with 6.21. Finally, the Sharp LC-52SE1 triumphed among televisions with 6.46.

Overall, the survey (pdf) found significant improvement in the reduction of toxic materials in high-tech products, and consistent surpassing of Energy Star efficiency standards.

“There is a lot of progress – there really has been – and we want to take the opportunity to applaud the companies that have made some real changes,” Blanchard said.

The weak point for the industry remains the short life of technology products, as consumers casually toss away their once-beloved gadgets for hot new models, according to the survey.

The companies have also been more focused on the energy efficiency of their devices, which is a selling point, than they are on reducing the energy used to manufacture them.

Companies that submitted products for the survey included Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HCL, HP, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Research In Motion, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Wipro. Apple and Philips Electronics declined the invitation to participate.

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