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Intel climbed six spots this year, thanks to major performance improvements. The company changed its method of talking about products, leading to increased disclosure around its green products portfolio, recycled content usage, sustainable packaging, hazardous content, end of life, and product innovation. Again in 2012, Intel topped the EPA’s list of firms dedicated to renewable energy use and generation, including biogas, biomass, hydro, solar, and wind. In addition to the company’s individual energy efficiency, renewables, and conservation efforts, Intel works with other organizations, customers, and businesses to find and lead industry-wide environmental initiatives. An example of this is its partnership with Google in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting smart technologies that improve power efficiency and reduce the energy consumption of computers. Specifically, 2012 marked a year of expanded focus on supplier transparency, as well. Intel is helping suppliers start or make improvements to their environmental and sustainability reporting practices. The company took this training and collaboration even further by holding a conference in Shanghai, the 2012 Sustainability Leadership Summit, to share best practices with suppliers and collaborate on key issues. This dedication to the environment extends beyond task forces, specific teams, and financial donations: Intel employees collectively have donated millions of hours of service to their communities and compete for recognition in the Intel Environmental Excellence Awards.