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Nokia loses top spot to HP in green electronics rankings

After three years at the top of Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics," Nokia has slipped in its ranking and been replaced by Hewlett Packard, it was revealed November 9.

business Updated: Nov 10, 2011 13:59 IST

After three years at the top of Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics," Nokia has slipped in its ranking and been replaced by Hewlett Packard, it was revealed November 9.



Now in its sixth year, the annual Greenpeace "Guide to Greener Electronics," released Thursday, ranks 15 electronics companies on a range of environmental criteria.



These criteria include the disclosure of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions; commitment to reducing GHG emissions; the implementation of a clean energy plan -- including increasing use of renewable energy and "advocacy for a Clean Energy Policy at national and sub-national levels."



The rankings are generally well respected and, in association with other campaigns, have contributed to major changes in manufacturing policies by some of the world's biggest companies including Samsung and Sony Ericsson.



This year Nokia, the top-ranked electronics company for the past three years, slipped to third position with a score of 4.9 out of 10. Greenpeace cited "a need to demonstrate how it [Nokia] will reduce future emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy use" as the reason for the Finnish phone maker's dip.



In Nokia's place at the top of this year's rankings is HP which, according to Greenpeace scored high in terms of "measuring and reducing carbon emissions from its supply chain, reducing its own emissions and advocating for strong climate legislation."



Second place went to computer manufacturer Dell which jumped an impressive eight places and was awarded an overall score of 5.1 out of 10. Dell's strong performance was attributed to "having the most ambitious climate target [and] a plan to reduce its emissions by 40 percent by 2015."



Later in the month other companies around the world that either directly or indirectly promote sustainability and environmentally friendly business practices will also be honored at the annual Green Awards taking place on November 24.



The rankings in this year's Guide to Greener Electronics by Greenpeace are as follows (‘up/down places' in parentheses refers to last year's ranking)



01. HP - score 5.9/10 (up three places)


02. Dell - score 5.1/10 (up eight places)


03. Nokia - score 4.9/10 (down two places)


04. Apple - score 4.6/10 (up five places)


05. Philips - score 4.5/10 (down two places)


06. Sony Ericsson - score 4.2/10 (down four places)


07. Samsung - score 4.1/10 (down two places)


08. Lenovo - score 3.8/10 (up six places)


09. Panasonic - score 3.6/10 (down three places)


10. Sony - score 3.6/10 (down four places)


11. Sharp - score 3/10 (no change)


12. Acer - score 2.9/10 (no change)


13. LG Electronics - score 2.8/10 (up one place)


14. Toshiba - score 2.8/10 (up three places)


15. RIM - score 1.6/10 (new entry)



The Greenpeace "Guide to Greener Electronics" (PDF) can be downloaded at

http://goo.gl/ysxLY