Greenpeace recently released the 4th edition of the “Green Guide to Electronics” and it has already caused quite a stir among the ranked. The scorecard – applied to the top 14 manufacturers of PCs and cell phones – evaluates companies based on their use of toxic materials, electronic waste and takeback/recycling programs for outdated products. Former front runner Dell dropped to number two, while Nokia took the top spot and Sony Ericcson came in third. Worst on the list? Panasonic, with HP and Apple close behind. The guide seems to be meeting its goal of greening the tech industry since Dell just announced that the company will go carbon neutral by 2008, no doubt as a result of this blemish on its green image.
Hopefully other companies will follow suit and aim to be on the Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) list which currently consists of 579 products. The list spurred sales of 36.5 million EPEAT-registered products in 2006, saving 13.7 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s enough to power 1.2 million homes for a year!