It has been noted by Fortune that Apple has jumped to the fourth place in the annual rankings of Greenpeace’s electronic manufacturers by environmental criteria, apparently. It was published by the organizations annual Guide to Greener Electronics. Apple was moved up to fourth place this year from the ninth place which was where they were in last years survey, which shows alot of gains in greenness of their products, and alot of sustainability efforts within their efforts in their work of operationgs, but this remains below the average of their energy scores.
In a report on Apple it was noted here (PDF), that the company doesn’t score some points on the energy side because of their renewable power sources, with facilities in Texas, California, and Ireland that are being powered by 100% of renewable sources, it represents 13% of the company’s facility-relation in power usage. Apple is starting to work on a solar farm at their newest North Carolina data center, which is something that is not mentioned in Greenpeace’s report. The biggest dent in Apple’s energy scores is according to Greenpeace is because they dont have enough of a stated advocacy policy for their clean power.