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March 20, 2008

Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

LONDON, England – Nokia has scored third place in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, narrowly missing out on the top spot. Greenpeace decided to dock points off of Nokia’s environmental rating for “failings the organisation found in its take-back efforts”.

Published in Greenpeace’s quarterly report “Guide to Greener electronics” the result leaves Nokia third out of the 18 consumer electronics manufacturers monitored.

Speaking to Register Hardware, a Greenpeace spokeswoman blamed Nokia’s handset recycling scheme for not working as effectively as it could.

“The organisation found that Nokia representatives in Russia and many developing nations didn’t know about the programme and so were not promoting it to consumers.”

Nokia’s director of environmental affairs, Markus Terho highlighted the fact that the Nokia scheme also covers other manufacturers’ handsets and that it was actually working well though admitted:

“The scheme’s so big that we’ve had to outsource the service at the customer facing point in some countries. Many of these people change frequently and some therefore need extra training.”

The report did however commend Nokia for its elimination of toxic chemicals. Nokia’s original score, 8.3 out of 10, would have seen it take the top slot, but as it stands, 7.3 out of 10 means it now sits in third place.