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    HP, Lenovo and Dell get an e-waste penalty point
    giving HP, Lenovo and Dell a penalty point in our updated guide, for
    breaking their promises to phase-out toxic chemicals in 2009. Of the
    world’s five top PC makers, only Apple is truly kicking the habit.
    Meanwhile Philips has jumped from 15th to 4th place in the list of
    electronics companies who are cleaning up their act.

    Top PC makers are slipping behind
    Lenovo and Dell had promised to eliminate vinyl plastic (PVC) and
    brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their products by the end of
    2009. Now they’ve told us that they won’t make it this year.The
    phase-out of toxic substances is an urgent priority to help tackle the
    growing tide of e-waste. Still, producers only go green when they feel
    public and consumer pressure to do so. That’s why we campaign.Dell
    produces a desktop, a notebook and several models of monitors that have
    a reduced use of PVC and BFRs, and a few monitor models that are free
    of these substances.Lenovo has two models available that are PVC and
    BFR-free. HP is trailing behind, and has yet to bring out models with
    even a reduced use of PVC and BFRs.While HP and Dell have yet to set a
    new timeline for completely eliminating these substances from all their
    products, Lenovo has delayed its deadline to the end of 2010.
    detox for companies: Come clean, go greenThe Guide to Greener
    Electronics, now in its 11th update, shows which electronics companies
    are investing to meet their commitments to remove toxic substances from
    their products, tackle climate change, and introduce better recycling
    and take-back policies. When electronics companies pay for the
    collection (take-back) and recycling of their own products, they have
    the added incentive to develop cleaner, more recyclable products.

    Apple can do it
    doesn’t have certified PVC-free power cords yet, but in every other way
    its products are now PVC and BFR free. If Apple can do it, then so
    should the other leading PC manufacturers.We believes all electronics
    companies should have at least one toxic-free line of products on the
    market by the end of the year. Acer currently remains committed to
    phasing out PVC and BFRs in 2009.

    Philips springing forward
    Guide to Greener Electronics star this time goes to Philips — and the
    47,000 people who sent emails to the company!The Dutch electronics
    giant reacted to our e-waste campaign with a dramatic about-turn on
    recycling and take-back. They’ve jumped from 15th to 4th place in one
    go. Following public pressure, the company has significantly improved
    its position on taking financial responsibility for the recycling of
    its products when they become e-waste.Philips still needs to implement
    a system to make it work, but we’re delighted with the direction
    they’re heading in.Individual producer responsibility is the gift that
    keeps givingRecycling costs are influenced by the amount of toxic
    chemicals present and how easy products are to recycle.This “pay for
    the mess you make” approach is called “Individual producer
    responsibility,” and it’s crucial to the greener development of the
    electronics industry.
    Climate Change on the agenda

    Despite an
    overall slump in scores in the toxics categories, companies are
    starting to improve their scores on energy criteria. IT is a key sector
    in the fight against climate change and could enable emissions
    reductions of 15 percent of business-as-usual by 2020.Samsung joins
    Philips in publically demonstrating support for global steps to reduce
    greenhouse gas emissions and to tackle climate change. Dell and Nokia
    join HP and Philips in making commitments to substantial cuts in
    greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations.Several companies
    are now increasing their use of renewable energy, with Nokia already
    sourcing a quarter of its electricity use from renewables.

    Climate challenge to IT execs
    electronics companies to public pressure is helping to green the
    industry. They could do much more, not only to clean up their own act,
    but to help the planet avoid runaway climate change.Introducing the IT
    Climate Leadership Challenge. The aim this year is simply to get
    influential IT execs to lobby key governments for a strong,
    planet-saving agreement at the December 2009 climate change summit in
    Copenhagen.Right now we can’t see anybody in the IT industry using
    their access to politicians — and their influence as major employers
    and wealth creators — to lobby for a strong Copenhagen deal. Meanwhile
    dirty industries are lobbying like there’s no tomorrow. So we’ll soon
    launch an international “who’s who” and “who’s doing what” of top IT
    execs we want to see leading the way