BP "Greenest" Oil Company

Greenopia ranks majors on alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, spills, more

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Greenopia has named BP as the overall No. 1 "greenest oil company." "Fossil fuels are pretty much at the top of any environmentalist's black list," said Doug Mazeffa, the green directory website's director of research. "But until alternative fuel coalesces into large-scale market availability, cars are a vast and current fact of life and they are powered by refined crude oil. Our Greenopia consumers had a strong desire to learn where they should be buying gasoline."

Responding to growing readership demands for practical green choices, Greenopia extensively [image-nocss] researched publicly available sources in an effort to rank the oil companies that operate major retail fueling stations across the United States. It used a 12-part analysis method, including pursuit of alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and oil spill efficiency, to rank the Top 10.

The ranking breaks the scorecard down into the "commendable" (positive aspects) and the "questionable" (negative aspects) before rendering a "verdict."

(Click here for the full list, with details on each company.)

BP is leading the way by aggressively and effectively investing oil profits into alternative fuel research, Greenopia said. The company also earned high marks for the transparency, breadth and accuracy of its environmental reporting.

Sunoco and Shell ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Hess and Marathon placed at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, overall ranked No. 6, scoring in the top 3 in production and oil spill efficiency, but suffering poor marks in alternative fuel research and for its stance on climate change. ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Valero and CITGO, respectively, rounded out the top 10.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Greenopia, an online directory for green, sustainable and socially conscious daily purchase decisions, employs its eco-analysis method to deliver actionable green-assessments to the rapidly growing green consumer market. Green businesses and merchants use Greenopia's range of targeted marketing methods to reach consumers making greener choices, it said.