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Lenovo scales Greenpeace technology vendor league table

070413_lenovo.gifLenovo has jumped to the number-one spot in Greenpeace International’s influential, if controversial, rankings for environmentally-friendly technology companies. The Chinese giant displaced Nokia in the third and latest Green Electronics Guide studying the policies and activities of 14 leading technology companies. The new rankings mark a sharp improvement by Lenovo over the first Greenpeace poll of August 2006, where the firm ranked last of the vendors studied. Lenovo ascribed it success to recent actions such as a free recycling programme and the phasing out of brominated flame retardants and PVC in products. Greenpeace campaign co-ordinator Zeina al-Hajj said Lenovo’s rapid rise is “a big surprise. Lenovo has made a massive improvement”. She added that the firm’s “transparency” of access to information was particularly praiseworthy. Nokia was second in Greenpeace’s listing, followed by Sony Ericsson, Dell and Samsung. However, Apple was once again bottom of the pile and Sony and LG were criticised by al-Hajj for “double standards”. “We discovered that in the US they believe it’s not their responsibility but the consumers to collect equipment,” she added. The survey, together with Greenpeace’s continued criticism of Apple, is likely to rankle with some observers who note that the Green Electronics Guide does not match up with another ranking scheme called the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT is backed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Image source: selected by Covalence | Country: USA | Company: Lenovo, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Dell, LG, Samsung, Apple | Source: IT Week

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