HP, Dell, Nokia, Apple and Philips top green-tech list

9 Nov 2011

HP takes the top spot in the latest 'Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics', out today

Apple might be hot on everyone’s lips due to the release of the new iPhone 4S, but it’s being outpaced by companies such as HP, Dell and Nokia in the green electronics stakes. That’s according to a new Greenpeace guide out today.

The latest Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics lists top 15 electronics companies that are greening their operations as well as their products. HP has taken the top spot, while Dell is up eight places at No 2. Apple is also up five places in the latest list, at No 4.

Greenpeace has been ranking electronics companies since 2006. In its 17th edition, the guide now ranks 15 leading mobile phone, TV and PC manufacturers. It ranks companies across three areas: energy and climate, greener products and sustainable operations.

The Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics top 15

  1. HP
  2. Dell
  3. Nokia
  4. Apple
  5. Philips
  6. Sony Ericsson
  7. Samsung
  8. Lenovo
  9. Panasonic
  10. Sony
  11. Sharp
  12. Acer
  13. LG Electronics
  14. Toshiba
  15. RIM

Of the top 5, Greenpeace ranked HP first as it said the company performed strongest on sustainable operations and energy criteria but could improve on green products criteria.

It said Dell scores best on energy criteria with a target to reduce emissions by 40pc by 2015. However, Greenpeace said Dell scores poorly on green products. 

Nokia lost its leadership position to HP and Dell over energy criteria, said Greenpeace today. However, it said Nokia scores well on green products and sustainable operations. 

Greenpeace said Apple is now a joint top-scoring company on green products and is relatively strong on sustainable operations, but scores poorly on energy. 

Down two places from the last report, Greenpeace has given Philips a strong score, along with Sony, for supporting progressive clean energy policy and on energy criteria overall.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic