SOURCE: Greenopia


April 21, 2009 09:11 ET

Greenopia Ranks Big Oil Top Ten: BP and Sunoco Top the List as Greenest

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - One might think that Francis Ford Coppola's dialog for Godfather Michael Corleone was on the collective minds of Greenopia's research staff when they chose to keep environmental enemies closer by ranking the world's Big Oil Companies. Instead it was a service-minded approach addressing Greenopia consumers' desire to know where to fuel up.

"Fossil fuels are pretty much at the top of any environmentalist's black list," said Doug Mazeffa, 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 researched publicly-available sources in an effort to rank the oil companies that operate major retail fueling stations across the United States. Greenopia utilized a twelve-part analysis method, including greenhouse gas emissions and oil spill efficiency, to rank the Top 10.

The overall number one greenest oil company? BP. The British oil giant is leading the way by aggressively and effectively investing oil profits into alternative fuel research. The company also earned high marks for the transparency, breadth and accuracy of its environmental reporting.

Can't find a BP station? Pull into Sunoco or Shell, ranked #2 and #3, respectively. The world's largest oil company, Exxon Mobil, overall ranked 6th, 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.

The complete Oil Company Rankings are available online for free at Greenopia Top 10 Greenest Oil Companies including individual category rankings. Greenopia employs its award-winning 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.

About Greenopia: The leading online directory for green, sustainable and socially conscious, daily purchase decisions. Greenopia provides the market's only independent rating and ranking of green services and products. Our rankings and ratings are based on our review of publicly available information and reflect our evaluation of such information. To find out more, please visit

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