Apple and Hewlett Packard get green points in this month’s Guide to greener Electronics.

Published by Greenpeace since August 2006, the guide ranks 18 manufacturers of PCs, mobile phones, TVs and game consoles.

HP is rewarded in the latest edition of Greenpeace’s quarterly Guide to Greener Electronics and Apple releases details of their greenhouse gas emissions.

The Guide to Greener Electronics ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies and practice on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

Greenpeace sent the guide to publishing before Apple update its environmental informations: the environmentalist organizations does welcome the good news from the electronic appliances producers, whose achievements will be mirrored in the guide next issue.

“Apple can justly pat itself on the back for listening to their customers who asked for greener gadgets. And all you Apple users should pat yourselves on the back for asking,” says the press release from the organization.

Hewlett-Packard had their penalty point lifted by putting a personal computer on the market that is virtually free of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride, or vinyl plastic) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Only the power supply unit and cable still contain these hazardous substances. This follows a commitment made by HP back in 2007, whereas the company pleaded they would have all PC products toxic-free in 2009, but went soft on that commitment earlier this year.

The delay had caused a protest by Greenpeace activists, who had painted ‘Hazardous Products’ on Hewlett-Packard’s roof and set up a phone-in protest with the voice talents of William Shatner. With the new HP ProBook 5310m notebook, HP has made the first step in catching up with Apple, which eliminated these materials from its entire product line almost a year ago, and now puts pressure squarely on HP’s competitors to put more products on the market that are cleaner and safer.

Apple are still ahead on toxics removal, having eliminated these materials from its entire product line almost a year ago, partly as a result of our ‘Green my Apple’ campaign which brought consumer pressure to bear from people who loved their Macs, but really wished they came in green.

On the negative side, Dell and Lenovo each retain a penalty point for delaying their phase-out commitments indefinitely. Acer claims that it will still achieve its target for eliminating PVC and BFRs in all products by the end of this year. Meanwhile Toshiba has a timeline to phase out these toxic substances from all its products by the end of March 2010.

Nokia remains at the top of the ranking, with a score of 7.5 out of 10, followed by Samsung with 6.9, Sony Ericsson with 6.5 and Philips –- which leaps from 7th to 4th place — with 5.9 points. The other climber is Sony, rising from 12th to 8th place.

LGE plummets from 4th to 11th position, weighed down by a penalty point for flip-flopping on its promise to get off the toxic sauce by the end of 2010 – now, only its mobile phones will be free of these PVC and BFRs by then, while phase-out in TVs and monitors has been delayed until 2012. At the bottom of the ranking, Fujitsu, with a score of 2.7, overtakes Lenovo, which drops from 16th to second-last place with a score of 2.5.



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