LARGEST ELECTRONICS TOXIC POLLUTERS
LARGEST ELECTRONICS TOXIC POLLUTERS
2006-07-28 at 11:13:00 am #16041
Here is how the largest electronics companies rank on the toxic chemicals in their products. Removing toxic chemicals from products reduces pollution and makes reuse and recycling less hazardous and cheaper.
Companies at the top of the class are removing additional hazardous substances than required by EU law on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) that comes into force in July 2006. Those at the bottom have made no commitment to remove additional hazardous substances other than the minimum required by law.
This listing is based only on global policy on toxic chemicals in products.
First in Class:
Sony - Committed to reduce, substitute and eliminate, wherever possible, the use of substances that are potentially hazardous to the environment.
Nokia – Nokia is the world’s largest producer of mobile phones. Nokia has pursued an active environmental policy since 1994. Nokia works with a list of substances that have already been banned or will be banned. At the end of 2006, all brominated flame retardants will be eliminated from printed circuit boards in new models. All new models of Nokia phones are now PVC free.
Hewlett Packard – Has committed to substituting materials when there are concerns due to their potential effects on people and the environment. By the end of 2006, all brominated flame retartdants (BFRs) will be eliminated from the external case parts of all new HP products. HP has set itself a goal for 2007 to eliminate the remaining uses of BFRs and PVC as acceptable alternatives are identified. HP is working on a pan-industry solution to BFR alternatives in circuit boards, by working through consortia, such as iNEMI (International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative) which is likely to drive change throughout the whole sector.
Dell – Dell has committed to apply precautionary measures to avoid the use of “substances of concern”, which include substances that are persistent and bioaccumulative. To demonstrate this commitment, Dell already bans the use of PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in all plastic mechanical parts, like casings, of new products. Dell has committed to eliminate all remaining uses of BFRs and PVC by 2009 in new products, as acceptable alternatives are identified that will not compromise product performance and will lower product health and environmental impacts.
Sony Ericsson - All new models of Sony Ericsson mobile phones are now totally BFR-free. The company is shortly expected to announce a phase-out date for PVC.
Samsung – Samsung is fully committed to phasing out hazardous chemicals, and is currently working on a phase out programme which sets dates for a ban on PVC, organotins and brominated flame retardants. Despite a long delay, Samsung is shortly to announce timelines for the phase out of BFRs and PVC.
LG – All LGE products will be PVC free by the end of 2008. LGE committed to providing Greenpeace with a substitution plan and phase out date for all brominated flame retardants by the end of 2005. Disappointingly, LGE has now told us that they will be unable to present a substitution plan and timeline for phasing out all BFRs in their products anytime soon.
The bad guys:
Motorola - Motorola had previously committed but in May 2006 it reneged on its phase out commitment. The company has now told us that they are unable to meet their commitment to phase out brominated flame retardants by mid-2007 and that they cannot give us a phase-out date for eliminating PVC. They claim that this is due to the need to focus their activities on complying with the EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronic products) Directive globally. The EU RoHS Directive was agreed in 2002! So, Motorola was well aware of the requirements of this Directive when they made a commitment to Greenpeace to also phase out PVC and BFRs.