NetworkWorld: Sony and Sony Ericsson have come out on top of the latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, although most companies saw their scores drop due to a new ranking system based on wider criteria.
Specifically, Greenpeace is looking at whether companies show political support for global mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, whether they disclose greenhouse gas emissions and whether they commit to an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from their operations.
Sony Ericsson, which shared first place overall with Sony, became the first company to score almost top marks in the chemical sector, having removed PVC, antimony, beryllium and phthalates from its products. It missed a perfect score because of “unreasonably high threshold limits for brominated flame retardants in products that are allegedly BFR-free.”
It also scored well on energy efficiency, but scored badly on other issues such as recycling. Sony scored lower on the chemicals criteria because it has fewer models on sale that are free of the substances targeted by Greenpeace.
Nokia was ranked third, and once again would have come first were it not for inconsistencies in its product take-back and recycling program.