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HP earns Greenpeace eco-purity snog (Eco news)

HP earns Greenpeace eco-purity snog
Register reported

The latest annual Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics is out, and Nokia has lost its three-year reign at the top to an up-and-coming HP.

Before anyone starts popping compostable champagne corks, it’s worth pointing out that none of the 15 companies studied over the last year managed more than six out of ten on Greenpeace’s scale of eco-purity. That said, a number of companies have been righteously walking the walk when it comes to operating more sustainably.

HP scored best this year, jumping three places to the top of the crop, in part due to getting its suppliers to cut emissions, and for reducing the amount of energy it and its products use. The company also scored points for fighting California’s proposition 23, which sought to weaken environmental standards in that state. Greenpeace did, however, ding HP for having short product lifespans and a lack of long-term servicing and repairs.

Dell clinched the number-two position, and moved up eight places this year after it agreed to eliminate PVC and bromide flame retardants from its products. The company also won praise for disclosing its own energy use and for aiming to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2015. It lost points, however, for not listing which of its products were Energy Star compliant.

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