Cisco is once again the winner of Greenpeace’s list of the greenest IT companies out there. The environmental group released version 4 of its Cool IT Leaderboard, which ranks 17 of the world’s top Internet and computer companies by a variety of green criteria, at the U.N.’s climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico on Tuesday.
This latest list was very similar to the last version — version 3 — which Greenpeace launched back in April at our Green:Net conference. The top three green IT firms from the new version 4 list are Cisco, Ericsson and Fujitsu, with Fujitsu replacing IBM as the third place green IT firm from version 3.
The companies that lined the bottom of the new list are Oracle (the worst), followed by Panasonic and SAP, which are tied for second to last place. Oracle and Wipro joined the list for the first time, and Oracle was in last place for both energy efficiency solutions and the company’s own carbon footprint.
Greenpeace releases the list every couple of quarters to spur IT companies into action to create more energy-efficient products, act as public leaders in the energy sector and reduce their own carbon footprints. Cisco is able to create smart grid products that can make the power grid more efficient, as well as video teleconferencing, which can reduce airplane flights. But Greenpeace also gave Cisco high marks for political advocacy, while a company like IBM that has high product marks, lost points on policy leadership.
Google continues to receive high marks from Greenpeace on its policy advocacy, but lost major points from the group for not disclosing its carbon footprint, which Greenpeace found “unacceptable.” Greenpeace also has a green gadget rankings, which lists consumer electronics makers on how sustainable their gadgets are.
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