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    Greenpeace name and shame tech firms failing on environmental footprint

    Samsung and Amazon have been condemned for failing to take charge of their environmental footprint in Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics.

    Despite many of the world’s biggest tech brands falling behind, the organisation did highlight Fairphone and Apple as leading the way.

    Greenpeace USA scored 17 of the world’s leading tech companies based on their transparency, performance and advocacy efforts in: reduction of emissions through renewable energy; use of recycled materials and elimination of hazardous chemicals.

    Dell and HP follow Apple and Fairphone with a C+, while eleven companies, including Samsung, Huawei and Amazon, fall in the D and F range.

    Despite its central position as both the largest manufacturer of smartphones and one of the largest suppliers of displays, Samsung manufacturing system heavily relies on fossil fuels.

    The company used more than 16,000 GWh of energy in 2016, with just 1% coming from renewables.

    “We need to see greater ambition, more transparency, and follow through from companies to address the environmental impacts of their enormous supply chains,” said Gary Cook, Senior IT Campaigner at Greenpeace USA.

    “The current model cannot be maintained,” said Cook.

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