Published on November 15th, 2011 | by Joshua S Hill1
Greenpeace Ranks HP as Greenest Electronic Maker
November 15th, 2011 by Joshua S Hill
Environmental organisation Greenpeace has today released their new and upgraded Guide to Greener Electronics which has placed consumer electronics company HP at the top of its rankings ahead of Dell, Nokia and Apple.
A total of 15 companies were ranked according to Energy, Greener Products and Sustainable Operations, as well as a new set of criteria challenging the companies to reduce their carbon footprint through the manufacturing process, in their supply chain, and through to the end-of-life phase of their products. Greenpeace also calls for companies to set “ambitious goals for renewable energy use.”
“After many of the world’s leading electronics companies rose to the challenge of phasing out the worst hazardous substances, we are now challenging them to improve their sourcing of minerals and better managing the energy use throughout the supply chain”, said Greenpeace International campaigner Tom Dowdall.
“Right now, HP takes the top spot because it is scoring strongly by measuring and reducing carbon emissions from its supply chain, reducing its own emissions and advocating for strong climate legislation. However all companies we included in the Guide have an opportunity to show more leadership in reducing their climate impact.”
By The Numbers
No one scored well, so to speak, with HP, the highest ranking of the lot, only managing 5.9 out of 10. You can view a report card for each of the 15 companies ranked, but here are a few highlights:
HP rose three places thanks to a strong series of sustainable operations and scoring highly on the energy criteria, which include factors such as disclosing operational greenhouse gas emissions, reduction targets, and having a nice looking Clean Electricity Plan. HP notes that it “is committed to making its global operations more energy efficient, seeking low-carbon energy sources where possible, and reducing employees’ business travel.”
Dell saw massive growth between report cards, moving up eight places thanks to the best scores on energy criteria with a desire to reduce emissions by 40 percent by the year 2015. Sadly, they scored poorly on green products, specifically in the product life-cycle arena where it scored zero.
Nokia dropped two places from its regular position at the top of the list as a result of a lacklustre energy criteria. Nevertheless they scored well on green products and sustainable operations.
“If it hopes to regain leadership on environmental issues, Nokia, along with many other companies in the Guide, need to demonstrate how it will reduce future emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy”, said Dowdall.
Apple, at number four, has fared haphazardly with Greenpeace over the last few years, but steps up five places thanks to high product energy efficiency and effective regulation of the source and sort of minerals and chemicals used in their products and the production thereof.