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Greenpeace reveals the most environmentally-friendly tech companies

Apple's efforts to use clean, renewable energy have been recognised by the international non-governmental environmental organisation Greenpeace.

According to a report by Greenpeace (opens in new tab), Apple has beaten the likes of Google, Microsoft and Facebook and was lauded as the world’s most environmentally friendly big technology company.

The “Clicking Clean” report on Internet companies gives Apple the top “AAAA” status: Apple’s aggressive pursuit of its commitment to power the iCloud with 100 per cent renewable energy has given the company the inside track among the IT sector’s leaders in building a green Internet,” it says in the report.

“Apple’s commitment to renewable energy has helped set a new bar for the industry, illustrating in very concrete terms that a 100 per cent renewable Internet is within its reach, and providing several models of intervention for other companies that want to build a sustainable Internet.”

Under CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been focusing on using only clean and renewable energy. This year the company began work on two solar-powered data centres in Ireland and Denmark, and it is also constructing two major solar power projects in China's Sichuan province (opens in new tab).

Second spot was reserved for Facebook, which received the AAAB status.

“Facebook has made huge strides forward since 2012 to become one of the clear green Internet leaders. Radical improvements in transparency and efforts to deliver significant wind energy investment in Iowa have helped drive Facebook into the top tier of companies creating the green Internet.”

The full Greenpeace report, in which you can see the rankings of Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo, HP and others can be downloaded here (opens in new tab).

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.