Wipro takes top spot in green electronics rankings

Indian tech giant Wipro has parachuted into the top spot in Greenpeace's latest green electronics rankings, after winning plaudits for its ambitious commitments to cutting carbon emissions and sourcing energy from renewable sources.

Greenpeace today unveiled its 18th annual Guide to Greener Electronics, ranking 16 leading global companies in the market for mobile devices, PCs and TVs, based on their environmental policies and impacts.

Greenpeace each year selects which companies to rank based on latest industry sales figures and global market share for the previous year.

Two Indian firms made their debut in the league table this year having only previously been included in Greenpeace's national rankings.

According to the campaign group, Wipro showed leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, having adopted a target to cut emissions 44 percent between 2008 and 2015, while delivering 85 percent of its emission reductions through the greater use of renewable energy.

The company has also integrated energy efficiency into its product design, and received the maximum score available from Greenpeace for a take-back policy that promotes the collection and recycling of post-consumer e-waste.

Another Indian outsourcing giant, HCL Infosystems, also joined the rankings for the first time in joint 13th position, alongside electronics giant Sharp.

HCL scored well for its disclosure of greenhouse gas emission levels across its entire operations, but was slammed for failing to set an ambitious target for increasing its use of renewable energy.

Last year's top performer, HP, fell to second place behind Wipro, despite scoring maximum points for its paper procurement policy, which bans suppliers linked to illegal logging.

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