HP ranked top of latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics

Feature story - November 9, 2011
Greenpeace released a new version of its Guide to Greener Electronics (www.greenpeace.org/rankingguide) today, which finds consumer electronics company HP scoring top marks for its sustainable operations, taking the lead over Dell and Nokia.

 “Right now, HP takes the top spot because of its commitment to 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,” said Greenpeace International Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall.

The Guide to Greener Electronics ranks 15 companies in three areas: Energy, Greener Products and Sustainable Operations. The latest edition sets new criteria for companies, by challenging them to reduce their carbon footprint in their manufacturing process, their supply chain, and their end-of-life phase of their products.  The new criteria also aim to set ambitious goals for renewable energy use. The latest version of the guide also features new criteria for the sourcing of paper, conflict minerals and product life cycle.
Computer manufacturer Dell takes second position in the Guide after making a dramatic improvement from tenth position in the previous version. Dell scores well for having the most ambitious climate target, with plans to reduce its emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, and a strong policy on sustainable paper sourcing.

After three years at the top of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, Nokia has slipped from first place to third, mainly due to weaker performance on the Energy criteria.
“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.

The new criteria added to this edition of the Guide are based on the creation of a truly sustainable electronics industry and include a holistic set for examining key supply chain issues. Electronics products are both resource and energy intensive to produce. The Guide’s new energy section focuses on how companies can lead the way by reducing their own energy use and using their influence in support of clean energy legislation.
Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is ranked for the first time but ranks at the bottom of the table, indicating the need to improve the reporting and disclosure of its environmental performance. However, RIM scores well on conflict minerals and sustainable paper policy.

“Greenpeace's Greener Electronics Guide presents RIM with the opportunity to demonstrate world-class leadership on the environment,” said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Unit Head Christy Ferguson. “By increasing disclosure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using more recycled materials and eliminating hazardous substances, RIM can significantly reduce the environmental impacts of its operations while setting a positive example for other corporations.”

The Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics has prompted improvements within the electronics industry, such as phasing out hazardous substances from their products. The guide is part of Greenpeace’s wider campaign to persuade the IT industry to find solutions that reduce global emissions.