HP takes lead on Greenpeace green IT guide
HP and Dell rank highest on Guide to Greener Electronics
Environmental pressure group Greenpeace has released the 17th edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics, which seeks to rate consumer IT companies on their environment friendliness.
In the latest guide, HP and Dell have passed Nokia to go top of the rankings, while Apple and Lenovo both improved their scores.
The guide assesses companies based on a number of criteria, including whether the company uses renewable sources of energy to make the products, commitment to reducing carbon emissions, use of recyclable materials in products, and commitment to recycling.
The latest edition of the guide now also rates companies on the energy use of their supply chain, sourcing of ‘conflict free' minerals for production, and commitment to extending product life cycles.
HP ranked top of the list, with Greenpeace noting its strong score on sustainable operations and energy criteria, although it said HP could improve on green products.
Dell, at number two, could also improve on green products, but rated highly on energy criteria and its commitment to reduced its carbon emissions by 40% by 2015.
Nokia dropped from the top slot to third, losing its leadership position to HP and Dell over energy criteria but scoring well on green products and sustainable operations.
Apple, in fourth place, was ranked joint top on green products with sixth-placed Sony Ericsson, although it scored poorly on energy.
In fifth place, Philips scored strongly for progressive clean energy policies, while Lenovo climbed six places to eighth, scoring highest on sustainable operations.
A new entry to the guide, RIM placed fifteenth, with Greenpeace saying it needs to improve reporting and disclosure of its environmental performance to match its peers.