COMMERCE CITY, CO -- Atlas Copco, a provider of sustainable productivity solutions, was listed as the top industrial company in this year's Newsweek Green Rankings. The rankings look at corporate sustainability and environmental impact. Atlas Copco ranked number 11 among 500 of the world's largest publicly-traded companies accessed for the rating, and top in the industrial segment.

Newsweek teamed with research partners Corporate Knights Capital, and HIP Investors Inc. to compare key performance indicators, such as energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste recycling.

Atlas Copco continually exceeds in environmental responsibility. For example, in 1994 Atlas Copco Group pioneered the technology resulting in its variable speed compressors. Running compressors at only the speed required significantly reduces energy consumption. In 2013, the company launched its patented VSD+ technology, cutting energy use by more than half, compared with traditional compressors.

Earlier this year, Atlas Copco was also among those recognized by the United Nations at the agency's major conference on climate change for the company's goals to cut carbon dioxide from its products and operations.

Additionally, The Newsweek Green Rankings factor the company's general sustainability. Atlas Copco had also been recognized earlier this year as one of the world's most sustainable companies in the annual Global 100 list.