Greenpeace today published its Guide to Greener Electronics report where it provides information and rates the environmental practices of major companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others. The report ranks the company based on their energy use, resource consumption, and chemical used. Apple ranked second in the report trailing only Fairphone, a startup known for making smartphones with minimal impact on the environment.
The report gives Apple a ‘B-,’ with the company getting a ‘C’ in the Resources department. The company was praised for its commitment to using renewable energy across its factories and offices and reducing the supply chain emissions. Apple was also praised for being transparent about the chemicals it uses in its products. The report notes that Apple is the only company to have set a renewable energy goal, with many of its suppliers committing to using 100 percent renewable energy as well.
However, Greenpeace criticises Apple for the planned obsolescence of its devices due to their non-removable batteries and overall design which makes repairing them tough. This greatly undermines the company’s goal of leaving the planet in a better space than what it was initially found. Greenpeace criticises Apple’s design team for this and says that while this move might help earn Apple more profits, it is also harming Apple’s environmental reputation.
Apple, however, fared much better than the likes of Amazon, Samsung and Huawei. The report notes that Huawei is the only major brand that does not report anything about its greenhouse gas emissions, while Samsung — the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer — is lagging when it comes to using renewable energy. Chinese OEMs Oppo, Xiaomi, and Huawei were also criticised for their below average scores in all three aspects of the report. Amazon was criticised for being one of the least transparent companies in the world in terms of its environmental performance.
The report highlights that in 2009/2010, companies like Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Acer, and others had committed to phasing out the use of PVC and BFRs from their products to reduce e-waste. Almost a decade later, Apple and Google are the only companies who do not make use of PVC and BFR in their products.
Make sure to hit the source link below for the complete report and a breakdown of each company’s performance.