Greentech Lead Team: Three Indian IT firms are in the top 21 list of green IT
companies, according to a Greenpeace report.
list is topped by Google, while Wipro is at the 11th spot, HCL is at 16th and
TCS at 19th. The last version of the report had only Wipro on the list, and the
one before that had no Indian firm.
scored 5 points out of 40 for IT climate solutions, 17 out of 25 for IT energy
impact and 11 for political advocacy. HCL scored 11 points for IT climate
solutions, 4 for IT energy impact and 6 for political advocacy. For TCS, the points
were 4 for IT climate solutions, 4 for IT energy impact and 3 for political
Greenpeace has not included Facebook and Apple in the list because their
“efforts do not meet the leaderboard criteria”.
Cool IT Leaderboard tracks the progress of the world’s largest IT companies
towards the achievement of economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission
reductions of 15 percent by 2020. Companies are evaluated for leadership in
three key areas: Efforts to offer economy-wide technological climate solutions
that contribute to global greenhouse gas reductions (40 percent weightage);
initiatives to reduce their own global warming emissions (25 percent
weightage); and active engagement in political advocacy and support for
science-based climate and energy policies (35 percent weightage).
Google scored 53 points out of 100. Cisco, at second spot, has 49 points.
Ericsson and Fujitsu share the third position with 48 points each.
“Technology giants have a real opportunity to use their power and
influence to change how we produce and use energy. The IT sector might like to
consider itself forward-thinking, but it is keeping far too quiet while the
dirty energy industry continues to exert undue influence,” said Greenpeace
IT analyst Gary Cook.
Greenpeace said that its report is part of the group’s wider campaign to
challenge the IT industry to use its innovative skills and ingenuity to lead
the way to scalable solutions aimed to reduce global emissions.
released its Cool IT Leaderboard on Feb. 8, which ranks information technology
(IT) IT companies across the world for their commitment and actions toward
supporting clean energy like wind and solar. The leader, Google, Inc. scored
highest, receiving 53 points. Google was followed closely by Cisco Systems,
which received 49 points, and Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson and Fujitsu
each of which scored 48 points.
ranked highest for its political advocacy work for more renewables and its
commitments to renewable energy. The other top three companies scored higher in
the solutions category than did Google.
companies, like Sharp and Softbank, are also leading the move to invest in
solar. Sharp, which makes PV modules, has an interest in seeing its PV business
grow. Softbank, a Japanese company, recently changed its corporate charter
after talking with its board to allow the company to invest in solar.