For all the positive achievements that Nintendo has earned with its current generation of game systems, it seems that it could be doing more to keep itself as green as possible. In Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics survey, Nintendo has not performed so well and has in fact, come last in a list of 18 tech companies.
The company remains in last place since the last report, but has slightly increased its overall score thanks to its management of chemical substances, and the publishing of its standards for chemical management. The fact that the internal wiring for its consoles is free from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the use of phphalates having been banned, and the monitoring of antimony and beryllium use gives Nintendo some much needed points. The management of chemicals is the only area in which Nintendo has scored positively.
The phasing-out of PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) is something that Nintendo is working towards, although it gives no timeline as to when this will happen. The company claims a near 100% recycling rate for product returns and repairs in the United States, but figures for the rest of the world are not available.
With Nintendo reaching the number one spot in console sales and game charts, maybe it needs to be doing more to ensure that it can produce and dispose these products in a non-harmful way to the environment. Across the three sections of the report that covers chemicals, e-waste, and energy, Nintendo has scored very poorly but more disturbing is the sheer lack of any hard numbers, which is definitely cause for concern.