Lenovo Recognized by Greenpeace for Environmental Leadership
Lenovo today was recognized by Greenpeace for its environmental progress around the world. In the April 2007 report, “Guide to Greener Electronics,” Greenpeace ranked Lenovo as the top company out of a group of 14 leading technology companies for its green policies and practices.
“Demonstrating corporate social responsibility is important to our success and that of our industry,” said Fran O’Sullivan, senior vice president, Product Group, Lenovo. “We realize that continual improvement of our environmental performance is a long term commitment, and we are focused on taking the steps necessary to be a leader in this arena.”
“Lenovo has made considerable progress in just the past six months alone to jump from the last position to the lead spot in the ranking,” said Iza Kruszewska, International Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace International. “Lenovo’s performance challenges others in the industry to keep setting the pace for environmental progress.”
In December 2006, Lenovo began offering free recycling of Lenovo desktops, notebooks, monitors and servers as well as Lenovo or IBM-branded ThinkPad notebooks, ThinkCentre desktops and ThinkVision monitors in China. Lenovo supports individual producer responsibility and offers recycling programs in every country in which it does business.
Consistent with Lenovo’’s precautionary approach, the company has committed to a timeline phase out of brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride in its products. Lenovo also set a goal to achieve global compliance of RoHS requirements in 2007 for newly launched products. Lenovo offers more than 40 products registered to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) with the majority of them being silver-rated. EPEAT addresses environmental aspects such as material selection, design for end of life, energy usage, packaging and more.
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