Greenpeace has ranked Nokia the Greenest Electronics Company in its 2009 Guide to Greener Electronics. “Nokia scores maximum points for its comprehensive voluntary take-back programme, which spans 84 countries providing almost 5000 collection points for end-of-life mobile phones," according to Greenpeace. "It now also scores top marks for the information it provides to customers on what to do with their discarded products.” “However, its recycling rate of 3-5% is very poor and more information is needed on how Nokia calculates these figures,” according to Greenpeace. “It also needs to start using recycled plastics beyond just packaging.”

Following the Finnish mobile company were Samsung, which “holds second position for commitment to reduce absolute emissions” and Sony Ericsson, which is “up two places with better product energy efficiency reporting.”

While the top of the list is dominated by mobile and consumer-electronics companies, with the dregs is where PC manufacturers dwell. Rounding out the bottom of the list were Dell, HP, Microsoft, Levono, Fujtsiu and Nintendo.

Greenpeace bases its rankings on companies’ efforts to make their products free of toxic substances, as well as their product-recycling and climate and energy initiatives.

“The Greener Electronics Guide is our way of getting the electronics industry to face up to the problem of e-waste,” according to Greenpeace.

“We want manufacturers to get rid of harmful chemicals in their products,” according to Greenpeace. “We want to see an end to the stories of unprotected child labourers scavenging mountains of cast-off gadgets created by society's gizmo-loving ways.”

By Mark Alvarez