Greenpeace has revealed that HP has come out on top of its Guide to Greener Electronics, with Dell, Nokia, and Apple closely behind. The guide ranks companies in the electronics industry under three headings; Energy and Climate, Greener Products and Sustainable Operations.
The aim of the rankings is to encourage companies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases with energy efficiency or employing renewable energy, cleaning up products by eliminating hazardous substances, take back and recycle products once they become obsolete, and finally stop the use of unsustainable materials in products and packaging.
HP was commended by Greenpeace for strongly measuring and reducing carbon emissions in its supply chain as well as reducing its own emissions and advocating climate legislation.
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Dell climbed several places since the last report thanks to a strong policy on sustainable paper sourcing and the most ambitious climate target of all companies with a plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2020.
Nokia has slipped from first to third but according to Greenpeace, the Finnish-based manufacturer could reclaim its place if it reduces future emissions through efficiency initiatives and the use of renewable energy.
Apple scored highly on product energy efficiency and avoiding hazardous substances, however the maker of the iPhone and iPad could do more in terms of using recycled plastic in products.
The other companies featured were Philips, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, Acer, LGE, Toshiba and RIM. A full breakdown of each company's performance can be found here.