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CES 2011: Greenpeace Survey Shows Greenest Electronics

Jonathan Jones January 7, 2011

On January 6, 2011, Greenpeace, a leading independent campaigning organization, released a product survey that grades the greenest desktop computers, notebooks, netbooks, monitors, mobile phones, smartphones and televisions available on store shelves in the first quarter of the year.

“Our survey shows that electronics manufacturers have made demonstrable progress over the past few years by producing products that are free of the worst toxic chemicals, [are] more energy efficient and more easily taken back for reuse or recycling,” said Renee Blanchard, Greenpeace’s International Toxics Campaigner. “Major brands are responding to consumer demand for greener gadgets, and we expect them to continue to innovate and make all their products…with these higher green standards.”

The greenest product in the survey was the Asus VW-247H-HF computer monitor, which received 7.5 points (out of a possible 10). The Samsung GT-S75550 mobile phone came in second with a 7.03 and Sharp’s LC-52SE1 television earned a 6.46.

“It’s clear from our research that the consumer electronics giants can design and bring to market greener products,” Blanchard said. “The next challenge for the industry is to design green products that last longer and can be repaired rather than being replaced every few years.”

In June 2010, 21 of the leading electronics companies were invited to participate in this survey by submitting their greenest products. Of the 21 companies, 18 rose to the challenge, including:

  • Acer
  • Asus
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • HCL
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Lenovo
  • LG Electronics
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Panasonic
  • RIM/BlackBerry
  • Samsung
  • Sharp
  • Sony
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Toshiba
  • Wipro

Products were tested under the following criteria:

  • Toxic chemical phase-out
  • Energy efficiency
  • Product lifespan
  • Amount of energy used in production

Additional points were given for unique innovation, as well.

To read the full survey and see where all the products rated on the Greenpeace scale, visit: http://greenpeace.org/electronics.

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