Apple has been ranked near the bottom of a list of companies’ efforts to stop climate change.
The list currently includes 56 firms across industries and scores them on how well the company has measured its climate footprint, reduced its impact on global warming, supported positive climate change legislation and publicly disclosed its climate change actions.
Climate Counts, a new non-profit organisation, plans to update the list every year and encourages consumers to base their buying decisions on companies' efforts against climate change.
Google only received a score of 17 despite recent green initiatives, including building the largest solar installation on any corporate campus in the US. This was mainly for failing to do a good job tracking corporate emissions or reporting on efforts to improve.
At the recent launch of an initiative to improve energy efficiency in computer power supplies, a Google executive said he knew the company’s carbon footprint but declined to disclose it.
Other technology companies that scored poorly include Amazon.com, which received a zero, and eBay, which matched Apple with a 2.
Yahoo and Microsoft fared slightly better, earning 36 and 31 points respectively. A number of firms are attempting to be seen to be tackling the problem, with HP, which scored 59 points, announcing at its annual Technology Forum in Las Vegas that it sees clear benefits in saving energy.
GreenOrder, a company that advises businesses on sustainability and corporate responsibility issues, verified the scoring results for accuracy.
Apple, Amazon.com and Google were not available for comment.