Greenpeace has reported significant progress in how manufacturers are tackling electronic waste after publishing their latest green electronics rankings.
This quarter has seen nine out of the 14 companies scoring more than five out of 10, based on how clean their products are and on producer responsibility. In what they described as one of its best outcomes, Dell chief executive Michael Dell challenged the industry at large to adopt a worldwide takeback policy for end of life products.
But the biggest surprise came from little known Chinese company Lenovo, who jumped from eighth to pip larger and consistently greener companies Nokia and Dell to the top spot.
E-waste continues to be a growing problem, generating up to 50 million tonnes each year worldwide. Greenpeace claims it is routinely exported to developing countries including China and India for smelting, producing a range of pollutants and health problems.
Given the growing mountains of e-waste in China both imported and domestically generated it is heartening to see a Chinese company taking the lead said Iza Kruszewska, Greenpeaces international toxics campaigner. The challenge for the industry now is to see who will actually place greener products onto the market.