RIM at the bottom of Greenpeace’s green list

Posted on Nov 10 2011 - 9:11pm by Thomas Sharp

Canada-based smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) has come in last place in a listing of the world’s greenest electronic companies.

This is the first time that the firm, who is well-known for making the BlackBerry smartphone, has been featured in the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, which was published on Wednesday. The list ranks the top 15 electronic companies by the impact of their products and their environmental policies.

According to Greenpeace, the company does not have a target to increase its use of renewable energy and it does not have a clean electricity plan. The group also added that RIM’s products are energy inefficient and the company is part of a trade association that has attacked energy efficiency standards.

“Right now, HP takes the top spot because it is scoring strongly by measuring and reducing carbon emissions from its supply chain, reducing its own emissions and advocating for strong climate legislation,” said Tom Dowdall, Greenpeace’s International campaigner. “However all companies we included in the guide have an opportunity to show more leadership in reducing their climate impact.”

The guide, which first started in August 2006 and is released quarterly, assesses firms based on only their public information. Its aim is to put pressure on companies to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals such as BFRs (brominated flame retardants) and PVCs (polyvinyl chloride).

Dell Inc. was ranked second, followed by Nokia, Apple, Philips, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.


via: Vancouver Sun

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