Lenovo flies the green flag

4 Apr 2007

Technology company Lenovo was today recognised by Greenpeace for its work in environmentally friendly electronics.

Greenpeace, in its April 2007 Guide to Greener Electronics, announced that Lenovo was top of the 14 technology companies it sees as leading the way in green policies and products.

Since December 2006 Lenovo has been offering free recycling of its desktops, laptops, monitors and servers. It has also been offering recycling programmes in every country it does business in.

“Lenovo’s performance challenges others in the industry to keep setting the pace for environmental progress,” said Iza Kruszewska, international toxics campaigner for Greenpeace International.

Currently the company is planning to phase out the brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride used in its products by 2007. Some BFRs are known to have adverse effects on water-living organisms.

“Demonstrating corporate social responsibility is important to our success and that of our industry,” said Mike Pierce, director of environmental affairs at Lenovo.

“We realise 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.”

Last month Lenovo was recognised by the White House and the Green Electronics Council for supplying federal agencies with computers that met the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) criteria.

By Marie Boran