IBM has topped the IT companies in a ratings list of “green” businesses, leaving Apple, Amazon and eBay at the bottom of the pile.
The IT giant scored 70 points out of a maximum of 100, in new ratings calculated by US climate change lobby group Climate Counts. Last month, the vendor announced it was investing $1bn (£500m) a year in an initiative to double energy efficiency.
It left behind HP with 59 points, Sony with 51, Dell with 41, Yahoo with 36, Microsoft with 31 and Google with 17. eBay and Apple scored only two points each, and Amazon failed to score anything at all.
The points are measured over 22 criteria to determine if companies have calculated their climate footprint, reduced their global warming impact, supported or opposed “progressive climate legislation” and made clear and comprehensive public disclosures about their climate actions.
But there have been suggestions that the green analysis is not very sophisticated. Lenovo is classed as an IBM brand instead of being treated as a separate company. There is no attempt to rank companies on absolute carbon emissions, or carbon intensity which is measured by headcount and revenue.
Google’s score of 17 is perhaps surprising given its well-publicised efforts to reduce emissions. Apple, which scored only two points, is also working to make its operations greener and was recently praised by Greenpeace for its green initiatives.
Climate Counts is funded by Stonyfield, a producer of organic yoghurt, and anti-global warming research charity Clean Air-Cool Planet.
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