Apple ranked worst in environmental league

11 April 2007
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12 April 2007 | Paul Snell

Electronics firm Apple has come bottom of a Greenpeace poll ranking electronics manufacturers on their environmental impact.

The third Guide to Greener Electronics gave Apple a score of only 2.7 out of 10. The mark was based on how the company uses chemicals, including their management in the supply chain. It also considers how much support the company gives its customers.

Apple was criticised for not giving a timeframe for phasing out the use of PVC and not changing its policies since the launch of Greenpeace's first report in August 2006.

Apple defended the company's environmental record. "We disagree with Greenpeace's rating and the criteria they chose," a statement said.

The Chinese PC maker Lenovo ranked top of the list scoring 8 out of 10, up from last place when the first list came out. It was praised for its commitment to eliminate toxic chemicals by 2009 and for its recycling programmes.

Nokia, which was top of the list in the two previous guides, slipped to second place.

Greenpeace ranking (out of 10)

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) HP 5.6 9) Acer 5.3 10) Toshiba 4.3 11) Sony 4 12=) LGE 3.6 12=) Panasonic 3.6 14) Apple 2.7


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