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Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are among the technology companies still using hazardous chemicals such as polyvinylchloride and brominated flame retardants in their products, according to a report by Greenpeace. While there has been some progress in recent years, the report shows that a number of leading consumer electronics companies are … Read more »

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Sainsbury’s, Glaxo Among Holistic Carbon-Water Management Signatories

Some 15 leading businesses, representing 11 different sectors, including Baxter Healthcare, Sainsbury’s, GlaxoSmithKline and Nestlé, have committed to looking at their carbon-water management holistically, following research by sustainability specialists Anthesis and the Water Footprint Network. Businesses and governments must tackle energy and water use in tandem or risk major disruption, according … Read more »

How to Win Customers and Save Money with Sustainable Products

How to Win Customers and Save Money with Sustainable Products

Corporate spending on product sustainability initiatives will accelerate as sustainable product pioneers such as H&M, Nokia and Puma share evidence of the business benefits they achieved, according to a report from Verdantix. Companies including Adidas, Danone, GSK and Jaguar Land Rover are investing in product sustainability and reaping the benefits … Read more »

O2, HTC Find 82% of Customers Refuse Chargers

Mobile network O2 and phone maker HTC found that 82 percent of consumers during a three-month trial opted for the greener option and bought a mobile phone without a charger. The “Charger out of the Box” pilot launched in October to test whether customers wanted a charger included with their … Read more »

Apple, Dell, HP ‘Better at Supply Chain Disclosure’

Apple, Dell, HP ‘Better at Supply Chain Disclosure’

Apple, Dell and HP do a better job disclosing environmental issues in their supply chains than companies headquartered in Asia including Canon, Panasonic and Samsung, according to a report from Verdantix. The report reviewed 12 consumer electronics companies with aggregate revenues of $977 billion. The companies — Apple, Canon, Dell, … Read more »

Wipro Tops Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide

Wipro Tops Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide

Indian technology firm Wipro debuted as No. 1 in the international version of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, unseating last year’s leader HP. Wipro scored a 7.1 out of 10, the most points out of the 16 companies in the annual ranking, largely due to its efforts to use renewable … Read more »

Cell Phone Makers to Drop Plastic Inserts

AT&T, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are among members of wireless communications industry body CTIA committing to package sustainability goals that include eliminating plastic inserts and trays from postpaid wireless device packaging by the end of 2013. Other goals set out by CTIA’s Green Working Group include labelling … Read more »

Consumers More Willing to Buy from Brands Using Renewable Energy

Consumers More Willing to Buy from Brands Using Renewable Energy

Sixty two percent of consumers surveyed said they would be more willing to buy products from brands using wind energy, according to a study commissioned by turbine maker Vestas. The Global Consumer Wind Study 2012, an annual survey produced by TNS Gallup, also showed that 79 percent of consumers prefer … Read more »

Nokia Sustainability Report: Water Intake Down 9%, Normalized Factory Emissions Up 24%

Nokia Sustainability Report: Water Intake Down 9%, Normalized Factory Emissions Up 24%

Nokia’s water intake dropped by just over 9 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 1.4 million cubic meters to 1.3 million cubic meters, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. The communications company said 95 percent of its water comes from municipal supplies and 5 percent come from ground water … Read more »

Coke, Sony, Volvo and Other ‘Climate Savers’ Cut CO2 by 100 Million Tons

Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, Volvo and other members of WWF’s Climate Savers program cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million tons over the period 1999 to 2011, according to an independent review of the program released today. The review, conducted by energy consultancy Ecofys, also … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: Bloomberg, Nokia, Dalkia and 2012 Biofuels Predictions

Bloomberg’s Princeton office is close to completing installation of a 1.8 MW solar power system that should generate the equivalent of over 50 percent of the office’s electricity. The company has been working with SunPower Corp. and Integrys Energy Services on the installation (pictured) of this eight-acre, ground-mounted solar tracking … Read more »

Most Climate-Responsible Companies Revealed; Scores up 54% in 4 Years

Most Climate-Responsible Companies Revealed; Scores up 54% in 4 Years

Unilever has bumped Nike from its perch as the top company for climate responsibility, in the Climate Counts 2011 review. After holding the top spot for three years, Nike falls to fourth in the rankings, which also show that average Climate Count scores have improved 54 percent since 2007, with … Read more »