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Mitsubishi Makes First Bioplastic Smartphone Screen

Mitsubishi Makes First Bioplastic Smartphone Screen

Sharp will use Mitsubishi Chemical’s bio-based plastic for its smartphone screen — a world’s first as bio-based engineering plastic has never been used on the front panel of any smartphone. Most front panels of smartphones are made of glass, and their susceptibility to cracking has been an ongoing problem. This … Read more »

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

Major Companies Push LCD Suppliers to Make F-GHG Reductions

In the past year, five companies – Dell, HP, Lenovo, Best Buy and Wal-Mart – have come together to ask their LCD panel suppliers to reduce the amount of potent fluorinated greenhouse gases used during their manufacturing process, according to the EPA. Specifically, the companies asked that suppliers 1) develop … Read more »

Consumer Electronics Companies Green Up Industry

Sony’s development of SoRPlas — its proprietary recycled plastic — is just one example of how consumer electronics companies are becoming more environmentally friendly, according to the Consumer Electronics Association‘s latest sustainability report. Plastic scrap from leftover optical discs, transparent sheets and used water bottles is crushed, washed and converted … Read more »

LG Cuts Carbon Footprint, Saves $1M in Six Months

LG Cuts Carbon Footprint, Saves $1M in Six Months

LG Electronics has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 61,348 metric tons of CO2e and saved about $1 million in operating expenses since December 2012, according to an EPA environmental assessment. The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the EPA in late 2012 in which it pledged to implement … Read more »

LG Signs 50% GHG Reduction Pledge with EPA

 LG Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding with the EPA to formalize its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions for its US operations 50 percent by 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline, and to pledge a series of other environmental initiatives. The MOU covers products, purchasing, infrastructure, transportation and … Read more »

Best Buy, LG, Panasonic Join EPA Electronics Recycling Challenge

Best Buy, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sprint and Staples have joined the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge, committing to send 100 percent of the used electronics they collect to third-party certified refurbishers and recyclers, and to increase the amount of used electronics they collect. The EPA’s electronics challenge, … Read more »

Japan Urges Industry to Cut Energy Use 15%

The Japanese government is pushing its industrial sector and citizens in certain parts of the country to reduce the amount of energy they use, in an attempt to avoid summer blackouts. The country is facing a shortage of electric power after shutting down all 50 of its nuclear power plants … Read more »

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, Sharp, Hanwha Solar One, Jinko Solar, LDK Solar and SolarWorld are the 2011 top 10 solar module manufacturers, according to the Solar Supply Tracker from Lux Research. The leaders’ modular production for the year totaled 12.5 GW, and commanded … Read more »

HP Knocks Nokia from Lead in Greenpeace Electronics Guide

HP Knocks Nokia from Lead in Greenpeace Electronics Guide

HP has taken the lead in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, while the scores of former front runners Nokia and Sony Ericsson have dropped. The Guide to Greener Electronics ranks 15 companies on factors including greenhouse gas emissions, product take-back and elimination of hazardous and unsustainable materials from products and … Read more »

White House, NASA Go Solar

The White House announced plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House Residence. These two solar installations will be part of a Department of Energy (DOE) demonstration project that shows that American solar technologies are available and reliable for installation … Read more »

Akron Metro Unveils Largest Rooftop Solar Array in Ohio

The Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA) claims the largest solar rooftop array in the state of Ohio. The 48-kW DC solar rooftop system at Metro’s headquarters is expected to produce around 486,760 kilowatt hours of solar power a year and prevent the emissions of 350 metric tons of CO2. The … Read more »

Lightfair 2010: Philips, Cree, Toshiba, and Sharp Unveil Energy-Efficient LED Lighting

Some of the industry’s leading lighting manufacturers including Philips, Cree, Toshiba and Sharp are showcasing their latest and greatest products at Lightfair International 2010 tradeshow in Las Vegas, aimed at energy savings for both new construction and retrofit projects. Bridgelux and Molex earned the Most Innovative Product of the Year … Read more »