Alphabet is at the top of a new list of companies that are leading in cleantech


It is a sign of greater changes in the energy world and a reason why a classification called the Carbon Clean200 exists: as traditional, fossil-focused companies falter, which companies are probably the most successful? In the latest version of the ranking, Google's parent company is at the top of the list.

"It's about making people think differently," says Andrew Behar, CEO of the non-profit organization As You Sow, which produces the rankings every six months in collaboration with the media and research company Corporate Knights. "What does the S & P 500 or the S & P 1200 look like from now on, we do not think any oil companies are in it, we think they are all really non-viable entities, so who is going to fill those holes? that the oil companies will be the Kodaks of the future because they refuse to change their business plan and do not respond to the climate crisis. "

The ranking, which was first published in 2016, looks at the largest 200 companies ranked according to clean energy income, excluding companies with fossil fuels and companies with a number of other negative practices, such as arms manufacturers. The methodology continues to evolve every time the list is released; the latest iteration evaluated companies that do not work directly on traditional cleantech, and now includes, for example, real estate companies that build low-carbon buildings, clothing companies that produce low carbon footprint products and IT companies that invest in renewable energy.

Alphabet is far from perfect. The report also scored technology companies on privacy practices and gave the company a D rating, although it noted that it had the best privacy rating of all companies that considered it. The company also earns money to sell advertisements to traditional car companies and oil and gas companies. But Alphabet has also switched to 100% renewable energy, and that movement – the equivalent of removing one million cars from the road, or eliminating a quarter of the emissions from the largest tar sands company – was large enough to make a top to make place on the list. Within a decade, Behar says, it is possible that rotating server farms need 20% of the planet's electricity. "We want to encourage every IT company to go 100% renewable because they just suck up so much juice that they can take the lead," he says. "They to be first. "