Greenpeace gave out its latest green electronics grades at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, releasing the latest “Guide to Greener Electronics.” Receiving top marks was Nokia; grading out the worst was Nintendo. Nokia received its high mark of 7.3, even though it dropped a point for failing to lobby for the revised RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics) directive. Other than this, the Finnish mobile company got good scores on toxics use reduction.

Nintendo received the worst score, but at least the Japanese gaming company didn’t grade out any worse than last time, receiving a score of 1.4.

The second highest-ranking company on Greenpeace’s list was Sony Ericsson, which gained points for toxics elimination but is considered weak on recycling by the environmental group. Sony Ericsson received a grade of 6.9.

Following were Toshiba (5.3), Phillips (5.3), Apple (5.1), LG Electronics (5.1), Sony (5.1), Motorola (5.1) and Samsung (5.1).

Bringing up the bottom of the list were Microsoft (2.4), Lenovo (2.5), Fujitsu (3.5) and Dell (3.9).

"It's time for a little less conversation and a lot more action on removing toxic chemicals," said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International Electronics campaigner. "Apple, Sony Ericsson and Nokia are winning this game and HP is catching up, but lack of action from other companies is ensuring that customers and the environment are still losing out."

Greenpeace believes that 2010 will be a good year for green-electronics compliance.

"In 2010, we should see significant developments, with products free of PVC and BFRs in the PC and TV markets," said Greenpeace’s Iza Kruszewska. "Any company failing to achieve this goal is taking a big gamble with its green reputation. On a positive note, it's good to see non-ranked companies beyond the PC and TV sectors, like Cisco, committing to eliminate these harmful substances."

By Mark Alvarez