According to reports, Wipro has topped the ‘Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics’ list in its maiden appearance, surpassing global giants such as Apple, Samsung, Dell and Nokia among others.
According to the 18th version of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, Wipro has topped the list of 16 electronic companies across the world based on their commitment and progress in three environment criteria: energy and climate, greener products and sustainable operations.
Wipro has scored the most points due to its efforts to embrace renewable energy and advocacy for greener energy policies in India.
Wipro also scored well for post-consumer e-waste collection for recycling and for phasing out hazardous substances from its products, the report said.
“Wipro has set a new benchmark for sustainability, not only in India but across the globe, that will have a long-term impact in shaping the green energy debate in the electronics industry,” Greenpeace India Senior Campaigner Abhishek Pratap said.
Wipro is followed by HP in the second place, Nokia (3rd), Acer (4th), Dell (5th), Apple (6th), Samsung (7th), Sony (8th), Lenovo (9th), Philips (10th), Panasonic (11th), LGE (12th), HCL Infosystems and Sharp (13th), Toshiba (15th) and RIM (16th).
Since the last year’s list, HP has dropped from top slot to the second rank. Nokia has moved up from fourth to third place. Taiwanese computer maker Acer was the most improved company in the list, moving up nine spots to the 4th slot, while Dell dropped from third to fifth place.
Apple dropped from fifth place in last year’s edition to 6th position and Blackberry maker RIM did not improve from its 16th ranking, the bottom of the group.
While most of the information and communications technology (ICT) companies have made progress in removing toxic chemicals from their products, barring few, their manufacturing and supply chains are still too heavily dependent on dirty energy sources.
Besides these companies also lag behind in effectively managing e-waste they produce, particularly in India, the survey said.
“Given the massive energy crisis around the world including caused by depleting and polluting fossil fuel, the next big environmental challenge for consumer electronics companies is to reduce their carbon pollution,” Greenpeace International IT analyst Casey Harrell said.
Harrel further said that “companies should work with their suppliers to implement more efficient manufacturing processes and to power the supply chain with renewable energy, not fossil fuels, just as they have successfully done to reduce the toxic materials in electronics”.