Greenpeace recently released the 18th edition of its annual Guide To Greener Electronics report. Consumer demand for environmentally friendly, energy efficient electronics is growing rapidly all over the world. Greenpeace’s well-known Guide evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criteria: Energy and Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations, and provides an easy to understand scorecard that can help guide responsible shopping choices.
This year, Indian technology firm Wipro topped the ranking in its first appearance in the International version of the Guide to Greener Electronics. Because the Guide scores companies on overall policies and practices, not the greenness of individual products like EPEAT and others, it allows consumers to consider the larger impact of their electronics choices. While the current report shows that a more sustainable electronics industry is possible, Greenpeace is quick to point out that none of the companies rated have achieved the highest marks.
Wipro scored the most points due to its efforts to embrace renewable energy and advocacy for greener energy policies in India. Wipro also scored well for post-consumer e-waste collection for recycling and for phasing out hazardous substances from its products.
“Wipro has set a new benchmark for sustainability, not only in India but across the globe, that will have a long-term impact in shaping the green energy debate in the electronics industry,” said Greenpeace India Senior Campaigner Abhishek Pratap. “The rest of the electronics sector should follow in the footsteps of Wipro’s climate leadership.”
HP dropped from No. 1 in last year’s edition of the guide to No. 2. Nokia moved up from No. 4 to No. 3. Taiwanese computer maker Acer was the most improved company in the guide, moving up nine spots to No. 4 for engaging with its suppliers on greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous substances, conflict minerals and fiber sourcing. Dell dropped from No. 3 to No. 5. Apple dropped slightly from No. 5 in last year’s edition to No. 6. Blackberry maker RIM did not improve from its 16th ranking, the bottom of the group.
The complete report, including detailed scorecards for each ranked company, can be found here.