Google, Microsoft lag on climate solutions

Nokia too ranks low in the newest edition of Greenpeace’s Cool IT report card

Press release - October 27, 2009
BENGALURU, India — With just 40 days to go for the crucial Climate Conference in Copenhagen, global ICT (Information, Communication, Technology) majors such as Google, Microsoft and Nokia have been slow to act on carbon emissions reductions reveals the newest Greenpeace Cool IT Leader Board report.

Google, a new addition to the report, scores 32/100 while Microsoft and Nokia score just 22/100 and 20/100 respectively in the 2nd edition of the Cool IT (1) report card. IBM, HP (Hewlett Packard) and Fujitsu occupy the top three places but none of the companies in the report scored even 50/100. Key scoring criteria include, clear public support for strong emissions reductions along with a company's measurable, economy-wide climate solutions while reducing its own emissions.

The Smart 2020 report (2), commissioned by the IT industry itself, clearly outlines how IT solutions have the potential to cut global GHG emissions 15 percent by 2020.

Microsoft has relative emission reduction targets as opposed to absolute reductions. Google has set out a plan for reducing emissions by 2030 but has not spoken on the need for a strong global climate deal at Copenhagen. "Google's position as a climate leader is considerably undermined as one of the few leading technology companies not to disclose even its own greenhouse gas emissions", said Abhishek Pratap, Toxics and Energy campaigner, Greenpeace.

IBM maintains top spot on the leader board due to an extensive range of climate solutions and actions to reduce its own emissions. But it fails to make significant advocacy efforts towards global emission reduction targets. The biggest movers in this edition are HP and Toshiba, who show strong progress by providing more comprehensive information on how their technology solutions can reduce global emissions.

Nokia had the highest renewable energy use and target among the brands surveyed but the company did not move toward support for global emission reduction. "CEOs of globally leading companies such as Nokia and Microsoft cannot afford to remain silent on the most urgent issue facing the planet", said Vinuta Gopal, Climate & Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace. "The ICT sector must not only cut its own emissions but must also deliver on its potential to provide far-reaching climate business solutions. Leaders of the sector must publicly call on their governments to put emission reduction targets in place", she added.

Indian companies have made significant moves on climate action by disclosing externally verified carbon emission, setting targets for emission reduction and uptake of renewable energy (3) "Indian ICT major Wipro's disclosure of carbon emissions and commitment to absolute reduction targets contrasts starkly against Google and Microsoft's relative inaction on climate solutions before the Copenhagen Climate summit", said Pratap.

You can download the Cool IT Leaderboard score here.

Contact information

Ankur Ganguly, Communications Manager, +91 98453 73818, g

Abhishek Pratap, Toxics and Energy Campaigner, +91 98456 10749,

Vinuta Gopal, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +91.98455 35418,

Notes to Editor

3. Wipro and HCL recently announced carbon disclosures of their own operations. 8th Indian edition of Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics (Sept 2009)">">

Wipro has also gone one step further by setting long term targets for carbon emission reduction and has an investment plan for renewable energy uptake for its operations

Greenpeace’s Cool IT Challenge was kick-started in February this year, asking CEOs of IT majors on their companies’ specific actions prioritizing climate change. The next edition is due early 2010.