Greenpeace 'Cool IT Leaderboard 5' Ranks Major Tech Companies Leading The Fight Against Climate Change

02/10/2012 01:23 pm ET | Updated Feb 10, 2012

How are some of the world's biggest IT companies taking a stand against a climate change?

A list released by Greenpeace this week ranks some of the world's largest information technology companies based on their efforts to mitigate climate change.

The fifth edition of the Cool IT Leaderboard puts Google at the top, with Cisco and Ericsson grabbing second and third.

According to a press release, the list "ranks 21 IT companies on their clean energy leadership potential, willingness to embrace clean energy solutions and potential to influence energy decisions."

Neither Apple nor Facebook were included in the list, as they have not pursued "market opportunities to drive IT energy solutions" to the same extent as others, according to Greenpeace.

Greenpeace International IT analyst Gary Cook said, "Technology giants have a real opportunity to use their power and influence to change how we produce and use energy -- Google tops the table because it's putting its money where its mouth is by pumping investment into renewable energy."

As Wired notes, the highest scoring company, Google, only received a score of 53 out of 100. Cisco was last year's winner, with 70 points, but dropped to 49 this year. Greenpeace says Cisco's fall is due to "a much less forceful support for priority climate and energy policies."

For more information on some of the greenest companies around, check out Newsweek's 2011 list of the 30 greenest tech companies.

List courtesy of Greenpeace. Read their full report here. Scroll down for the companies ranked 11-21.

Greenpeace IT Rankings

The companies which did not make the top 10 include:
11. Wipro
12. Dell
13. Microsoft
14. SAP
15. AT&T
16. HCL
17. NTT
18. NEC
19. TCS
20. Telefónica
21. Oracle

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