Indian electronics firm Wipro tops Greenpeace guide for first time

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Indian electronics firm Wipro has topped Greenpeace’s 18th Guide to Greener Electronics for the first time as it makes its debut in the international ranking of PCs, TVs and other electronic gadgets.

The company’s leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions – its goal is a 44% cut by 2015 on a 2008 base year – and use of renewables pushed last year’s top ranking company HP off the number one spot, although it still performs well above most other companies, says Greenpeace.

Also moving up this year is Scandinavian mobile phone company Nokia, which met its 40% renewable energy target, computer-maker Acer, which is aiming for a 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, Korean giant Samsung and Sony.

Dell is still hanging on in the top ten, but drops down to fifth place, followed by Apple in sixth, while Lenovo and Philips also drop down to ninth and tenth places, respectively. Panasonic, meanwhile, has dropped out of the top ten to 11th place.

Another Indian newcomer, HCL Infosystem, also makes it into the top 15 along with LGE, Sharp, Toshiba and Blackberry-maker RIM.

Greenpeace’s Guide ranks consumer electronics companies on their commitment and progress on energy use and climate change, the sustainability of their operations, and the use of nontoxic and ethical materials in their products.

The Guide evaluates companies on their overall policies and practices, rather than individual products.

The pressure group says that while progress is generally in the right direction, the use of ‘dirty’ energy in the manufacturing and supply chains remains largely unaddressed.

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