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Gadget-makers scolded in Greenpeace report

The eco charity's Greener Electronics Guide has singled out Dell, Microsoft, Lenovo, LG and Samsung for failing to trim their carbon footprints

Greenpeace has ticked off the major electronics firms for failing to take climate change seriously. The eco charity's tenth Greener Electronics Guide singled out Dell, Microsoft, Lenovo, LG and Samsung for failing to trim their own carbon footprints and not supporting international cuts in CO2.

Only HP and Philips are awarded gold stars on climate issues, because both have made concrete pledges to cut their carbon. "All the other companies in the Guide make vague or essentially meaningless statements about global emissions reductions and have no plans to make absolute emissions cuts themselves," Greenpeace says, sternly wagging a green finger.

Nokia still tops the rankings thanks to its recycling schemes and energy-efficient mobiles, such as the Evolve (pictured). Toshiba jumped to third for phasing out dodgy chemicals and reporting its use of renewable energy, while most of the major PC makers -- including Dell and Acer -- were down. Companies in the guide are scored on their attitudes on chemicals, recycling, energy and climate change.

Greenpeace's focus on the climate-friendliness of tech comes ahead of an important UN climate summit in Poznan, Poland this December.