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Chinese PC maker Lenovo scored top honors in Greenpeace's third report on environmental performance in the electronics industry.
Environmental group Greenpeace has named Lenovo as the most ecologically friendly electronics maker in the world, while the lowest marks went to Apple Computer for its contribution to "toxic tech"

In its just-released Guide to Greener Electronics (PDF), the activist organization rated electronics companies based on their record of eliminating hazardous substances from their products and manufacturing processes, and on their commitment to actively recycling obsolete products.

Lenovo scored eight of a possible 10 points in the report, earning praise for phasing out dangerous chemicals and for being the first to provide "global takeback and recycling services wherever its products are sold." Lenovo also got high marks for its adherence to existing environmental regulations and other relevant policies designed to protect human health and the global environment.

Of the 14 companies reviewed by Greenpeace, Apple fell to the bottom of the barrel with a dismal score of only 2.7 points. The PC and peripheral maker ran afoul of Greenpeace for inadequate recycling policies and for waffling on its timelines to phase out hazardous materials such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

"For a company that claims to lead on product design, it is perhaps surprising to find Apple languishing at the bottom of the scorecard," the report states. "While other laggards have moved upwards in the Guide (to Greener Electronics), Apple has made no changes to its policies or practices since the launch of the Guide in August 2006. The company scores badly on almost all criteria."

Sony, Panasonic and LG electronics were also singled out as polluters in the report. LG and Sony were even assigned "penalty points" for corporate double-speak on environmental issues. Specifically, the Greenpeace report claims that the two companies publicly espouse support for producer responsibility, which designates "that the producer -- not consumer -- should be responsible for financing the waste management of its own brand products when they are discarded."

However, Greenpeace charges that both manufacturers are also "part of a coalition that has been opposing producer responsibility and lobbying for U.S. consumers to pay an Advanced Recycling Fee (ARF)."

Greenpeace has had a bone to pick with Apple for some time.  Last year Greenpeace demonstrators were kicked out of MacExpo.  Two months later, Greenpeace released a scathing report detailing Apple as the worst environmentally friendly PC manufacturer in the world.


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RE: Let me get this straight
By Cogman on 4/6/2007 11:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
"Do you know this or are you just speculating? Do you really have any idea on how serious this is!?"

I think I could ask you the same thing, What the heck do you know about microbiology? Do you realize how fast it is able to reproduce and grow? This is like basic biology, you know where you take a petri dish full of food, rub a tiny bit of sweat off of your foot and Walla, in 1-2 weeks the entire petri dish is covered with mold and bacteria. Unlike animals, Bacteria takes very small periods of time to replicate, and when it is uncontested (Enough food is available and no other bacteria is attacking it) it grows like wildfire. Yes sir, I do know what Im talking about. If you want to get the same system of bacteria living in the same soil, you just take a small amount of soil from the same area and spread it over the field. I will concede that there will be some differences because the shading from the trees is gone, but please, its not "OMG never going to be better again!".

"Yeah sure, suddenly when wind power becomes a topic all those that oppose environmentalism suddenly become bird lovers..."

Sorry, that was a typo on my behalf, I meant to say if "...you arn't going crazy about killing some birds ..." Sadly that is exactly what happens as well, environmentalists go crazy of dieing birds and just like in every situation they attack, they use "...are exaggerated." If you took a step back you would realize that is a common tactic, bluting out some scary sounding numbers and saying "Change or DIE!!!" lol, again it is those kind of tactics that make envior

"Nothing but rhetorics..."

No, my dear friend, that is policy. This isn't some company that I heard about, this is the local company in my local town. The boss of which I know quite well. I would bet you a large sum of money that if Apple had dumped x millions of dollars into environmental research or campaigns their score would magically be elevated.

"But the way it is, if everyone on earth lives like the US, there would be more than 3 worlds needed to provide all the resources."

I have heard this garbage before. Where the crap do they get statistics like this? Is it from the same place they pulled the "In the year 1990, the earth will run out of oil and we will have to start using a new type of fuel". News flash, its the year 2007, Oil consumption never went down in those years (in fact it increased at about the same rate it always has) and we still have a large amount of oil left on this planet. Of course, I think current predictions are like 2020 or something like that when we will run out of fuel again. This is nothing more then fear mongering.

"the CFC-free fridge in 1992"

WTF? Did you not read what I was talking about? That is not a more energy efficient refrigerator, just a more expencive one. In my eyes they acomplished very little with that. Oh wait, they saved the Ozone layer. BTW tell me, how is it doing now? You don't hear much about that, expecially since their research was discovered to be completly off base when the Ozone layer magically repaired itself...

Ultimately a lot of people would suffer given Greenpeace's standards (btw, you speak as an Active member of green peace, would that assumption be correct?). Currently I live in rural Idaho, not a place like most of the European nations where public transport can thrive. (In fact, most of the US is in similar situations). for a small town a car is essential for living, you kill off the small towns and you effectively kill off a lot of your farming population (Oh, but wait, that would stop the nasty energy inefficient tractors from running). If green peace had its way, everyone would have to ride a bus to where-ever, small towns would just be SOL because you couldn't justify an extensive bus system to them (even in england that was the case, small towns simply suffer). But that doesn't matter, when it comes right down to it, people and their lives don't matter to people like Greenpeace, what really matters is that we are saving the environment.


RE: Let me get this straight
By derdon on 4/6/2007 3:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
I have heard this garbage before. Where the crap do they get statistics like this? Is it from the same place they pulled the "In the year 1990, the earth will run out of oil and we will have to start using a new type of fuel"

No, it's a model called ecological footprint. You can read more about it here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint
I don't say it's perfect, but it's studied scientifically and as all things in science subject to criticism. It's a model that's gaining ground and thought. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this in the future.

"WTF? Did you not read what I was talking about? That is not a more energy efficient refrigerator, just a more expencive one. In my eyes they acomplished very little with that. Oh wait, they saved the Ozone layer."

Saving the ozone layer means saving people from skin cancer and other related diseases. The technology was quite a success and is one proof that environmental organization don't just sit there and protest. It's still just one step on the way.

"you don't hear much about that, expecially since their research was discovered to be completly off base when the Ozone layer magically repaired itself..."

The ozone hole's size almost set a new record in 2006
http://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/

I feel different about the rest of the more emotional parts of what you said, but we could probably argue about this for a long time and still not come to a conclusion, so I'll just leave it at this.


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