CBR has compiled a list of the big tech companies that are leading the way when it comes to being green.
Tech companies aren’t just leading the way in new technologies, they are also leading the way when it comes to saving the world from climate change. CBR has compiled a list of the top companies who are doing their upmost to operate in an environmentally friendly way.
Dell is keen to decrease the energy requirements of its data centres and hardware and has been working to reduce its environmental impact.
The company has been one of the leading innovators in the tech sector when it comes to packaging and recycling and in 2014 the company launched its ‘2020 Legacy of Good’ plan.
In the plan, the company has set goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities and logistics operations, as well as reducing the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 80%.
The company has set a number of other environmentally friendly goals, but only time will tell if they can achieve them.
IBM has been one of the ‘green’ leaders in tech for a number of years, dating back to 1967 when it issued its first policy on environmental affairs.
Big Blue states on its website that they will: "Use development and manufacturing processes that do not adversely affect the environment, including developing and improving operations and technologies to minimize waste, prevent air, water, and other pollution, minimize health and safety risks, and dispose of waste safely and responsibly."
The company is very open about its achievements and failings when it comes to its environmental policy, for example detailing its hazardous waste performances.
Cisco has been working hard to meet targets on Greenhouse gasses, which it met in 2012 and is now working work to reduce them further.
The company has in the past year built 3 solar photovoltaic systems in Texas and Bangalore, which will produce 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually and save over $380,000. They also help to prevent more than 1150 metric tonne of carbon emissions each year.
Cisco has built into its products, solutions which aim to reduce energy use such as EnergyWise and JouleX, which reduce energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings.
Cisco can also boast that 100% of its key manufacturing and logistics suppliers report their Greenhouse gas emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Adobe has long had a green outlook, whether it’s focusing on energy conservation, green buildings or waste reduction.
The company was one of the founding members of the U.S. Green Building Council’s, ‘Building Health Initiative,’ and has also invested in renewable energy technologies such as Windspire wind turbines and Bloom Energy fuel cells, which powers several of its California facilities.
Apple is very keen on having a good image, whether it comes to its products or how they operate. Therefore, it is unsurprising to see that it is working hard to be as green as they can be.
The company states to be the only company which runs its data centres through 100% renewable energy and also has a product range which exceeds the ENERGY STAR guidelines.
The company has the goal of powering all of its stores and offices with renewable energy and as of 2013 it had reached 73%, with expectations to reach 100% in the near future.