Lenovo tops Greenpeace's latest eco-charts

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The Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has climbed to the top spot in Greenpeace’s latest quarterly report on how environmentally friendly electronics firms are.

Previously, the PC maker ranked low but in the first report of 2007 has succeeded Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Dell, and Samsung.

Lenovo scored highly because it offers recycling services for broken or obsolete own-brand products in any country where its products are sold. However, it lost out because it still uses highly toxic substances in its production line.

Despite some questioning the validity of the report, Apple remained in 14th, and last position. The company countered, “Apple has a strong environmental track record and has led the industry in restricting and banning toxic substances such as mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, as well as many brominated flame retardants.

The complete rankings, with overall score:

1) Lenovo: 8
2) Nokia: 7.3
3=) Sony/Ericsson: 7
3=) Dell: 7
5=) Samsung: 6.3
5=) Motorola: 6.3
7) Fujitsu/Siemens: 6
8) Hewlett-Packard: 5.6
9) Acer: 5.3
10) Toshiba: 4.3
11) Sony: 4
12=) LG Electronics: 3.6
12=) Panasonic: 3.6
14) Apple: 2.7

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Greenpeace avoided calling any of the companies ‘green’ even though it said that they had shown improvement.

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Andy Merrett