Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony ended up towards the bottom end of environmental group Greenpeace’s quarterly Greener Electronics rankings this year with little improvement from last year.

Despite game companies cutting some unnecessary plastic from game cases (the pie-pieces you’ve noticed cut out of recent game purchases are intentional) the Greenpeace scale rated Nintendo and Microsoft at the bottom of the scale.

Sony stayed stuck in the middle with Apple, who improved this quarter thanks to a slew of more energy efficient laptops and more Earth-friendly manufacturing processes.

Nintendo came in at the bottom with a 1.4 on Greenpeace’s scale (out of ten) which is the worst not just among game makers, but among all electronics manufacturers surveyed. Nintendo doesn’t provide the information Greenpeace needs to build this list, leading to the potentially low score out of scorn. The score was unchanged from last quarter.

Microsoft received a 2.4, down from its last quarterly score of 2.7, for “failing to support strong chemicals legislation.”

This criteria makes the Greenpeace score sightly less significant due to the skewing of scores towards supporting of legislation than actual voluntarily environmentally-friendly actions and policies.

Sony maintained its average 5.1 “but needs to lobby for stronger chemicals legislation.”

This lobbying criteria makes the Greenpeace score sightly less significant due to the skewing of scores towards supporting of legislation than voluntarily environmentally-friendly actions and policies.

Regardless of what you think about the positive of negative effects of private lobbying interests within government, one has to determine

Sony undoubtedly has more room to cut back on their overall environmental impact due to manufacturing a much larger range of products, whereas Microsoft and Nintendo make only game consoles and a  other select devices.

Regardless of the overall impact of the ratings, many companies are attempting to cut be greener and have been for some time. Remember when PC games in packages the size of cereal boxes?

 

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