Apple has done a great job of measuring and reporting its environmental footprint, but the growing use of iPads and iPhones is weighing on the company, Harrell said. There is a higher energy footprint in the supply chain with each new generation of Apple products, but the company is doing its best in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Harrell said.
Apple has a solid electronics and PC take-back program worldwide, but lost points due to lack of a solid program in India, according to the Greenpeace study.
But Apple is heavily committed to the environment and has taken a leadership role in many areas, especially in the supply chain and use of renewable energy, Harrell said.
Apple has consistently highlighted its commitment to renewable energy. The company has said it wants to make its data center in Maiden, North Carolina, completely reliant on renewable energy by the end of this year, and is also making a new spaceship-like campus in Cupertino, California, powered by cleaner forms of energy such as natural gas.
The Greenpeace study focused heavily on India, with two companies -- Wipro and HCL Infosystems -- rated among the top 14 green companies in the guide. Recycling efforts of companies like Nokia, Dell and Acer in India were also noted in the study.
There is a lot of e-waste from Western countries dumped into developing countries like India and China, and Greenpeace is trying to recognize efforts to collect that waste. The guide also took into account products shipped to and sold in India, Harrell said.