updated 02:50 am EDT, Fri June 22, 2007
Apple and the climate
Apple has ranked near the bottom of scorecard that purportedly ranks tech companies' impact on the climate through energy use and material production, according to a new survey. Climate Counts is nonprofit organization funded by Stonyfield Farm, Inc, claims to gauge a company's climate change impact based on factors like whether the companies have taken steps to reduce their impact on global warming, measured their overall climatic footprint, and disclosed their climate actions. "Apple scored a mere 2 points for beginning to review its overall impact. Climate Counts found no information to suggest Apple supports climate-friendly public policy, discloses its climate stance, or measures its overall impact on global warming."
Apple has a tumultuous past with environmental groups. In May, Apple chief Steve Jobs published an open letter discussing the company's current and future environmental concerns in response to rising pressures from Greenpeace and others. In response, Greenpeace lauded Apple's proposed changes.