Greenpeace ranks the greenest tech companies: Apple, Facebook and Google lead the charge

Greenpeace flew a blimp over Silicone Valley to urge tech companies to go green in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace)

Greenpeace flew a blimp over Silicone Valley to urge tech companies to go green in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Greenpeace)


Greenpeace released its Click Clean report for 2016 today. And the results of it were not too different from last year. According to the report, Apple leads the charge among platform operators. The company achieved the impressive 83% on Greenpeace's Clean Energy Index.

Other notable companies are Facebook with 67% and Google with 56%. All three of the companies pledged to work towards using 100% renewable energy and they have all made major steps in that direction. Apple's new headquarters, the Apple Campus 2, that's currently under construction, will be powered by approximately 700,000 square feet of solar panels. Google, on the other hand, promised that its data centers and offices will be powered by renewable energy only, starting this year.

The clear winner in the colocation category of this year's ranking is the privately-held Switch, a newcomer to the list. The company is based in Las Vegas, and according to Greenpeace, it already runs exclusively on clean energy, making it one of the most eco-friendly tech companies out there. Switch's score card shows that it scored an A in every possible category. The company's core business is providing telecommunication, cloud, and colocation services.

The companies that lag behind are mostly in markets, where fossil fuel is the main energy source. This includes Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent. The US-based companies that have some catching-up to do include Amazon, with 17% Clean Energy Index; Microsoft, with 32%; and Oracle, with 8%.

source: Greenpeace via BusinessInsider

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8 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Go Green? Why don't we just stop cutting away the forests instead and preserve what there is. Oh that is because they want to build balloons and cars that can carry the message, "Go Green" ? I just don't understand.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because greenpeace cant stop wood company from doing their work :-/ the one that can stop forests cutting is goverment or parlement guys, but they didnt even care about global warming, they even refuse most of global warming-related (such as carbon tax), just because they own stock on oil company, or even own gas station, lol... (but it's reat that some countries is doing good things like give subsidies and incentives for electric vehicles, and keep making renewable energy power plants, we need more countries doing something like that :D) and agree with you, that blimp is just stupid

2. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

i wonder how much energy was wasted (wasted, not used) for that balloon to produce and obviously it's made of natural products and not fabricated. but...if it's natural, then they had to cut trees or other natural "products". and if they are fabricated, they were produced with natural or chemical products? and how does it fly? with fossil fuel or electric engines fueled by batteries which were produced in the air? and how was that battery charged? with air or plugged into an electric socket or... seriously... there's simply NO green on this planet as long as we have to DO something or produce anything.

3. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This is a joke. Renewable energy is not enough. Facebook should topped the list for it uses Internet only. Apple and Google produce electronic wastes i.e. out of date products like laptops, smartphones and etc.

4. jsdechavez

Posts: 784; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And they get higher scores because they outsource their manufacturing to other companies.

5. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

being "green" and accepted is such a scam. all about money. just like every company, "wants to hire veterans and supports breast cancer". please. I ain't buying it.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Just stop cutting down forests and trees... problem solved.

7. mikehunta727 unregistered

Stop reproducing too then lol cause an ever growing population on Earth needs more land and resources to accommodate Quite a complex problem..

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