Greenpeace also claims that the consumer electronics industry is getting greener but not quickly enough, after the group spent three days at CES. Greenpeace released its newest edition of the Guide to Greener Electronics, which showed Apple, Sony Ericsson and Nokia leading the way for introducing products free of the worst hazardous substances, with HP following just behind.
Hewlett-Packard, which Greenpeace targeted last year for failing to meet its deadline for phasing out toxics in its products, deserves credit for the HP Compaq 8000f Elite Ultra Slim Desktop PC, the industry's first Microsoft Windows-based desktop to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) "from the wall to the mouse". The HP computer earned the computer maker Greenpeace's 'Best In Show' award.
Samsung, however, continues to trail behind industry leaders like Apple and Sony by not following through on its promised phase-out of toxic chemicals in its products. With only its latest models of mobile phones free of toxic substances, it has set January 2011 as the deadline for eliminating them from new models of its notebooks and still has no definitive timeline for removing them from its TVs and household appliances. Samsung's antiquated technology and policies earned it the 'Worst In Show' award.
Samsung, Dell, Lenovo, and LG pick up penalty points in the Greenpeace Guide for failing to follow through on a promised phase-out of toxic chemicals in their products. The majority of the companies in the Guide had pledged to remove toxic PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their product range by the end of 2009, which would have meant a greater show of greener, toxic-free products for visitors to preview at the CES. But, for now, it's a no show for these companies, which have delayed their phase-out to 2011 or beyond.
Several companies see their scores reduced in this edition of the Guide, with the bar being raised on hazardous substances. Having endorsed the precautionary principle, companies now need to actively support bans on PVC, BFRs and chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) during the revision of the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electronics Directive.