Greenpeace-Nintendo battle

3 January 2008
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03 January 2008 | Andy Allen

Games console manufacturer Nintendo has entered a war of words with pressure group Greenpeace over the company's "green procurement standards".

The rumpus erupted after Greenpeace published its Clash of the Consoles report last month, ranking the environmental impact of the consoles.

While Nintendo's Wii was ranked higher in energy efficiency terms than Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Sony's PlayStation 3, the study criticised Nintendo more than its rivals in other important respects.

The report accused the console maker of lacking policies on recycling and the use of toxic chemicals, and not having a recycling scheme.

A furious Nintendo responded that it has established "green procurement standards" that require its suppliers to certify any parts they deliver do not include hazardous substances. It also said it takes "great care to comply with all relevant global standards".

While Nintendo expressed surprise that it had been criticised in the report, Greenpeace said it had given the company repeated opportunities to comment but it had not replied to these requests.


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