Sam­sung and Ama­zon fail to meet Green­peace en­ergy stan­dards

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A NUM­BER OF tech com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Sam­sung, Huawei and Ama­zon, are fail­ing to meet Green­peace’s en­ergy stan­dards, de­spite say­ing they are mak­ing ef­forts to be more green.

The char­ity re­searched 17 of the world’s big­gest tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies for its 2017

Guide to Greener Elec­tron­ics, rank­ing their prac­tices across re­duc­tion of emis­sions through re­new­able en­ergy, use of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and elim­i­na­tion of haz­ardous chem­i­cals.

Sam­sung, Huawei and Ama­zon were all graded D or below, mean­ing the way they’re be­ing run needs to change dra­mat­i­cally if they’re to make a sig­nif­i­cant change to the for­tunes of the world’s en­vi­ron­ment.

“Tech com­pa­nies claim to be at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion, but their sup­ply chains are stuck in the In­dus­trial Age. We know they can change. Rather than fu­elling cli­mate change, IT com­pa­nies need to show the way for­ward, just as some com­pa­nies like Google and Ap­ple have with data cen­tres run on re­new­ables,” said Gary Cook, IT cam­paigner at Green­peace USA. Green­peace ex­plained that Sam­sung still heav­ily re­lies on fos­sil fu­els to pro­duce its prod­ucts, which is putting a huge bur­den on the en­vi­ron­ment. It noted that in 2016, only 1% of the 16,000 GWh of en­ergy used to cre­ate its prod­ucts came from re­new­ables. “It’s clear the im­pacts of the lin­ear take-make-waste busi­ness model of de­vice man­u­fac­tur­ers ex­tend be­yond the con­cerns of e-waste. We need to see greater am­bi­tion, more trans­parency, and fol­low through from com­pa­nies to ad­dress the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of their enor­mous sup­ply chains. The cur­rent model can­not be main­tained,” said Cook. Green­peace praised the ef­forts of Fair­phone, Ap­ple, Dell and HP for lead­ing the drive to be more sus­tain­able, achiev­ing a B, B-, C+ and C+ re­spec­tively in the grad­ing struc­ture. How­ever, Ap­ple is ap­par­ently “go­ing back­wards” when tak­ing sus­tain­able prod­uct de­sign into ac­count be­cause many of the com­po­nents of its prod­ucts can’t be re­cy­cled, un­like HP’s and Dell’s, which can be up­graded with­out dam­ag­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

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