While Nintendo is leading the console races with its Wii and DS systems, it's dead last in environmental friendliness. According to Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics", Nintendo is the worst consumer electronics company when it comes to being green. The report stated:
Nintendo discloses carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its own operations and commits to cutting CO2emissions and other greenhouse gases by 2% over each previous year. However, Nintendo admits that an increase in business led to a 6% rise in CO2 emissions in 2006."
This is tremendously disappointing news. As the leader in the console business, Nintendo has a responsibility to set an example for the rest of the industry. Being dead last among all major consumer electronics companies -- not just console manufacturers -- is dreadful. Happy Earth Day, Nintendo! To be fair, Microsoft isn't much better, with a score of 2.7. Sony achieved a middling score of 5.5. Hopefully, both companies catch up to green leaders Nokia and Samsung before too long.
Out of the three major console companies, Nintendo is the most polarizing among readers of TheFeed. How does this news change your opinion of Mario's maker? Do you think less of it? Or do you not care about environmental issues?