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Wipro tops Greenpeace’s ‘green electronics’ ranking

Greenpeace – now for the 18th time – released its “Guide to Greener Electronics” and, surprisingly, Indian company Wipro tops the list for the first time as it marks its debut in the international advocacy group’s ranking of electronic gadgets.

Wipro got an overall score of 7.1 out of 10, showing leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing its use of renewable energy sources.

Wipro’s efforts took the limelight from last year’s top spot holder, Hewlett Packard, which is now at the second place with 5.7 points. But HP still performs well above most companies on the list, having one of the best schemes for measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said Greenpeace.

Wipro aims to cut its emissions by 44 percent by 2015 on a 2008 base year, the highest among other top Indian and international electronics firms, noted Greenpeace.

It also provides a “detailed action plan” on how it is going to meet its annual reduction targets, including energy efficiency measures and investment in renewables through direct generation and purchase.

The “Guide to Greener Electronics” assessed leading consumer electronics companies on their commitment and development on three key areas, including energy consumption and climate change, use of eco-friendly materials in their products and sustainability in their operations.

Finnish mobile phone company Nokia climbed the list, occupying the third spot with 5.4 points. It was able to meet its 40 percent renewable energy target during the previous year.

Other companies that moved up are Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer, which is now in the fourth place; Korean multinational Samsung (seventh); and Sony (eighth).

Dell remained in the top 10, but fell to fifth position, followed by Apple in sixth. Likewise, Lenovo and Philips fell to 9th and 10th, respectively.

Completing the top 15 listing are Panasonic, LGE, HCL Infosystems, which is also an Indian first-timer in the ranking, Sharp, Toshiba and Blackberry smartphone-maker RIM.

“Consumers have expressed their desire for greener electronics, and the industry has shown that improvements are possible, but only if leading electronics companies apply the sector’s know-how and innovative spirit within the sustainability arena,” said Greenpeace. – EcoSeed Staff

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