Greenpeace has just released its latest quarterly “Guide to Greener Electronics.

The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Last updated: May 2010.

The three goals for this guide are to get companies to:

  • Clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances.
  • Take back and recycle their products responsibly once they become obsolete.
  • Reduce the climate impacts of their operations and products.

Nokia and Sony are way out ahead, just as they were last time around. And while Wii tennis might be good for your heart, Nintendo isn’t doing the planet any favors.

As an avid user of Apple products, I was surprised by the companies unimpressive rank. Apple is great when it comes to eliminating toxic stuff like PVC vinyl plastic, but falls short in its transparency about energy use and future plans.

Via Fast Company. (Read the #1 placed Nokia review below).

Nokia

Nokia stays in 1st place with a slightly increased score of 7.5, up from 7.3. It gains points for achieving its goal of phasing out brominated compounds, chlorinated flame retardants and antimony trioxide in all new models of products and for its CEO’s statement in support of 30% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries by 2020. However, despite Nokia’s support for further restrictions for chlorinated and brominated substances in legislation, it loses a point on its position on the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics) Directive, as it does not openly support restrictions on at least PVC vinyl plastic, chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in the next 3-5 years i.e. in RoHS 2.0.

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