Comments on: Newsweek’s Green Rankings: Perception meets reality http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ludwig http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/comment-page-1/#comment-342107 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 23:10:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14120#comment-342107 I think Laz has it. The rankings are B.S. Along with the Greenpeace ratings they are based on POLICY and PROMISES not on actual performance. Apple, which has done a lot more than most computer manufacturers but has not made forward projections, has a more interesting approach to how this sort of accounting could be done, see http://www.apple.com/environment/and related pages.

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By: MadAsHell http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/comment-page-1/#comment-342102 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 15:51:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14120#comment-342102 The rankings, as they stand, don’t mean all that much — especially beyond energy consumption. Theme seems tobe: be efficient, so you can make mroe profit.True, full environmental impact varies ENORMOUSLY across industries and types of products. As others observed, a more fundamental problem is the whole model of the kinds of products companies produce, and their full lifecycle — from materials mining on the front end to disposal in some form on the back end!In short, almost none of that, no single step in it, very environmentally optimal in terms of minimal impact, and as a whole, even less so! We’ve created an economic system, world-wide, designed to maximize profit off select steps, and generally convert resources into ultimately garbage at ever increasing rates …In summary, we’re screwed SO big time it is far, Far, FAR from funny!!

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By: f belz http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/comment-page-1/#comment-342035 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:50:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14120#comment-342035 I see and hear a lot of hype about Green Companies. Whether they deserve the mention or rating depends upon the person or persons who rate the companies. A lot depends upon how long their product lasts and if it is a throw away, or if it can be cleanly retrofitted to the latest technology. All of the worlds car and truck companies are guilty of producing throw away products, and the electronics companies and communication companies are also guilty of not producing products that can be retrofitted. It takes a lot of energy to produce and distribute something that is replaced every three to five years. High Profits and Green Companies do not necessarily live together. You have to put in the parts that last and the room for upgrades that minimize the use of new materials.

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By: Laz http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/comment-page-1/#comment-342034 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 15:39:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14120#comment-342034 Well, the survey seems to focus on energy use at such and such company’s headquarters, or employee training in the area of environmental awareness (I have the feeling most employees know more about that than their employers) and so on. These are intangibles if you are a manufacturing company selling product by the ton every month that contain waste of every colour but green. This survey, just as much of the advertising and self promotion by most of the companies on its list as champions of environmental consciousness, could be best described as B.S.

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By: Ilan Benyes http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/09/21/newsweeks-green-rankings-perception-meets-reality/comment-page-1/#comment-342032 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 13:21:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=14120#comment-342032 Undoubtedly, more and more businesses are concern about the environment, but still I have the feeling it is not a sincere worry but more a Green Washing strategy. The electronic waste problem is a huge burden for Latin American societies, but no company that has branches there seem to care. Since I do not like to criticize with pout proposing a solution, I think companies should have the courage to incorporate into their staff people with deeply rooted notions abou environmental protection and a sincere commitment to protect it. This would have a huge positive impact into the business strategies and the business performance.SincerelyIlan Benyes

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