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Oracle Makes Dismal Debut in Greenpeace IT Rankings

Oracle has debuted in last place on Greenpeace’s semi-annual rankings of IT companies’ efforts to fight climate change. The hardware and software company scored just 12 points out of 100 on the Cool IT leaderboard, while fellow new entrant Wipro managed a 38.

This edition of the rankings, dubbed “Version 4,”  shows 13 companies improving their scores while just two – Microsoft and SAP – lose points.

Cisco and Ericsson once again finished in first and second place, with 70 and 57, respectively. Since the last edition of the rankings in April, Fujitsu has surged from fifth to third place, ahead of IBM and HP.

The rankings evaluate IT companies on three measures: their efforts in offering products and services to combat global warming, the firms’ initiatives to reduce their own emissions, and their political advocacy work.

Cisco, Fujitsu and Ericsson topped the first measure. Greenpeace was impressed by their rigorous data demonstrating the emissions-cutting potential of their products.

IBM and Cisco topped the second category by setting comprehensive emissions-reductions plans that do not rely on offsets, Greenpeace said. The non-profit said IBM has increased its renewable energy use since the last issue of the rankings.

Google wins the advocacy category, but its triumph is tempered by a note of pessimism. Greenpeace says this round saw a dip in political activity, even among high-scoring companies like Google.

Greenpeace energy policy analyst Gary Cook told South African news outlet IT Web, “The most forward looking IT companies scored higher because they recognise that they will gain from a low carbon world. “The sector is happy to talk about its potential to lower carbon emissions by 15% by 2020, but thus far, IT companies are still taking an incremental approach instead of providing transformative solutions at the scale and speed for which they are known.”

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