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NPD: 50% of Flat Panel Screens Going Green by 2011

20 Jan, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Spurred by economical and energy-saving benefits, consumer electronics manufacturers will ship 50% eco-friendly flat-panel displays by 2011, up 30% from 2008 shipments, according to a new report.

DisplaySearch, a unit of The NPD Group, said green flat-panel shipments of LCD, LED, plasma and TFT would increase to 70% by 2012 and nearly 100% by 2014.

Flat-panel displays, which include PCs and projection devices, typically require the highest power consumption of any CE device.

DisplaySearch defines green displays as incorporating environmentally friendly components and materials, requiring less power and compliant with environmental regulations, including recycling and disposal and/or using eco-friendly product design, packaging or materials.

“Energy savings is a hot topic globally, whether the economy is good or bad,” said David Hsieh, VP of DisplaySearch.

At the recent 2009 International CES confab in Las Vegas, every major CE manufacturer pledged support for green products, including recycling as many materials and old products as are produced.

Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp and Pioneer each aim to achieve a near zero carbon footprint in their 2009 product lines.

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