Sometimes, it seems like environmental reports have more political overtone than the environmental. But while Apple has always said it is leading the charge on being environmentally friendly, Greenpeace apparently seem to have a different opinion.
The environmental group has called out Apple in a recent report for not using environmentally friendly sources to power Apple’s North Carolina data center.
Google, Yahoo, and Facebook all got good marks from Greenpeace’s report, because their buildings are in areas that use “clean” power like wind and solar power. On the other hand, Apple’s center uses mostly coal and nuclear electricity, which Greenpeace looks negatively on.
However, Apple does deserve some credit. It leads the industry in using green power, even if this specific plant, according to this report, is not doing what Greenpeace wants. Apple also got bad marks for its lack of transparency. The company says it uses clean power, but apparently it does not always share the specific evidence that Greenpeace wants.
At any rate, there is probably fair points on both sides here. Apple does a lot to use “green” energy in all of its work, and of course, as Greenpeace suggests, there is always more that can be done.