Greenpeace, the non-governmental environmental organization, updated its “Guide to Greener Electronics” Wednesday. The listing, now in its 17th edition, ranks Apple fourth out of fifteen computer and consumer electronics companies, a jump of five places for the Cupertino company since the list’s last update.
In a separate full report (PDF), Greenpeace notes that Apple scores well on green products and sustainable operations, but scores poorly on energy use policy, especially with regard to advocating a clean energy policy.
Apple’s Greenpeace Scorecard from the Greenpeace Report
In positive news for Apple, the report strongly praised the company for its product line, which is completely free of PVC vinyl plastic and brominated flame retardants and meets or exceeds the latest Energy Star standards for energy efficiency. On these notes Apple has been quite public, taking time out of their frequent product keynotes to mention the environmentally-friendly components inside.
Apple’s ranking places it behind personal computer competitors HP and Dell, and handset giant Nokia, whose recent agreement with Microsoft has made it a major international, and soon-to-be domestic, competitor for Apple in the smartphone market.