Dell and RIM fail to make the green line

Dell and RIM have been outed as two of the worst performing green companies in the latest Greenpeace Green Electronics Survey.  

The pair have beat other tech companies in the hall of shame by failing to remove toxins and chemicals from their products.

In the area where Greenpeace cited the most progress, Dell lingered at the bottom scoring a measly five points for its desktop PCs and another five for its notebooks. In comparison Samsumg and others played teacher’s pets by gaining a “good score” of seven and above.

Tom Dowdall, greener electronics campaign co-ordinator at Greenpeace, told TechEye that the low scores were “partly to do with chemical phase out.”

And it was also a bad time for Toshiba, which saw its top place crown slip. This, according to Dowdall was because it had failed to keep its promise of eliminating chemicals by April of this year.

Over on the smartphone front, Dell also proved to raise its score, coming in second to last with three points, compared to Sony Ericsson’s top six points.

However, it was RIM that was really shamed in the this section.

“RIM didn’t score very well in any of the smartphone sections,” said Dowdall.

“It’s an issue because it’s alot easier to remove toxic materials such as BFRs and PVC from smartphones due to the different components.”

However, RIM is either being lazy or ignorant because it doesn’t seem to want to play. For PVC products it scored zero compared to Nokia’s and Sony Ericsson’s five points. For energy during production it also gained a measly 10, compared to Nokia’s 20 and Sony Ericsson’s 18.
“We hoped to see an improvement with RIM in this survey,” added Dowdall.

Despite failing to submit any information Apple got some recognition for its Mac Book Pro.

Others who sucked up to the organisation were Asus, which scored 7.5 out of 10 for its VW-247H-HF computer monitor, Sharp’s LC-52SE1 television, which scored 6.46, and the Asus UL30A notebook computer, which scored 5.59.