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HP climbs Greenpeace IT ranking with toxin-free PC

HP has taken a step towards becoming more environmentally friendly with a new toxic substance-free laptop, Greenpeace has said.

The charity's quarterly rating of technology companies says the IT giant has improved its environmental record after Greenpeace staged protests at HP's offices in the US, China and the Netherlands in response to its delay in removing toxic chemicals from products.

HP is still in only 14th place in the ranking, which is topped again by Nokia, because it has further work to do on e-waste and carbon emissions. Its ProBook 5310m Notebook 2 is free of toxic chemicals.

Greenpeace is campaigning for technology companies to remove PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their products. The chemicals release cancer-causing dioxins when burned, putting workers who deal with e-waste at significant risk.

Greenpeace said, "Burning of e-waste to recover valuable resources, as routinely takes place in the backyards of China, India and much of the South, can form dioxins. Eliminating the substances will decrease exposure and increase the recyclability and reusability of electronic products."

The charity called for market leaders such as Nokia, Apple and Microsoft to show more leadership on carbon emissions. Apple has just made details of its emissions public, which will boost its ranking from 9th on the list as a precursor to reducing them. It has already eliminated toxic materials from its entire product line.

Dell and Lenovo are still criticised for delaying phase-out of toxic chemicals indefinitely. Acer claims that it will still achieve its target for eliminating PVC and BFRs in all products by the end of this year. Toshiba has a timeline to phase out these toxic substances in all its products by the end of March 2010.

Fujitsu, Lenovo and Nintendo are at the bottom of the ranking, with little or no improvement and growing greenhouse gas emissions, Greenpeace claims.


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