Apple is the most environmentally friendly company in the world for the third year running


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Not only is Apple the largest tech company in the world, it’s also the greenest. For the third year in a row, Greenpeace has ranked the iPhone maker number one on a list of the most environmentally friendly firms.

In the agency’s “Clicking Clean” report, Apple was awarded a final “A” grade and a clean energy index score of 83 percent. The company received top marks for energy transparency, renewable energy commitment, energy efficiency and renewable procurement. The only category in which it didn’t get an A was advocacy, where it was awarded a B.

Two other tech giants received the highest grade – Facebook and Google – which had clean energy indexes of 67 percent and 56 percent, respectively. Nevada-based data center company Switch also received an A.

The report states that Apple has been an influence on other firms when it comes to clean energy use. The company “played a catalytic role within its IT supply chain, pushing other IT data center and cloud operators who help deliver pieces of Apple’s corner of the internet to follow their lead in powering their operations with renewable energy.”

Microsoft and Salesforce received Bs in the report, while Amazon only managed a C. Jeff Bezos’s company may have committed to building solar farms and wind farms to provide power for AWS, but the firm’s lack of transparency – a category where it got an F - cost it a higher overall grade. The "lack of transparency and its rapid growth in Virginia and other markets largely served by dirty energy, it remains unclear whether the AWS cloud is actually on a path to becoming renewably powered."

Bottom of the list was Tencent, which got Fs in all but one category.

The report states that the IT sector now accounts for 7 percent of the world’s electricity, a figure that is expected to rise over the coming years. But Greenpeace notes that a number of companies on the list have committed to 100 percent renewable energy.

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Samsung should've rated A as well but judges who bought N7's probably biased them. That, or they're not on the Samsung payroll. Not too much stock should be placed in any of these rankings anyway.
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alabama man

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There's companies that only work on environment and making it better, can't believe anyone that makes batteries can be more environmentally friendly. Maybe if they buy other companies used batteries and turn them to flowers or something.


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My company is more environment friendly than Apple. I don't produce any waste except when I have to take a **** or a piss and I recycle trash.


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They should also get an award for their system that forces iphone users to buy the new iphone each time. Every time they make a new iphone - the users of the old iphone download the new ios and and it ruins their phone and then they have to buy a new one.
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IT companies should really be looking at this a different way. Sure reducing pollution is a good thing but being "off the grid" and providing your own renewable energy means you can stay online should the grid go down. I personally would love it if I could afford to have my entire house running on solar energy. These technical advantages outweigh this whole green movement in my opinion so I don't understand why companies aren't trying harder. Especially since costs keep going down and plenty of companies can manufacture their own equipment from solar panels to batteries.


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This is a joke! The US Government considers Greenpeace a terrorist organization (at least when I was active). The fact they completely leave out everyone's manufacturing practices and this is just about their "IT Footprint" is enough to make me laugh. Tree huggers, promoting the businesses they like and nothing more.
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Uncle Al

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I'm guessing the reason Samsung did so poorly is because all those batteries and washing machine parts are not biodegradable? Pitty ....


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I'm pretty sure Green Peace is recognized as a terrorist organization by more than a few federal agencies. Not sure I trust any info coming from them, especially given that they list Nuclear power as 'non-green'. It is outside of the carbon cycle, same as solar and wind, and has a much more sustainable energy production scheme than either.


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Of course Apple is the greenest...they offshore it to all those foreign companies that are farthest away from it.