Ibiden, a Japanese manufacturer of parts for electronics, including Apple products, will power all of its manufacturing for Apple products with renewable energy, including sourcing energy from a floating solar photovoltaic facility outside Nagoya, Japan. It’s the first company in Japan to join Apple’s push to get suppliers to use renewable energy.
“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources, and set an example for other companies to follow.”
Ibiden, which brings together integrated circuitry and chip packages, plans to invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, according to Apple. In fact, the supplier wants to convert to 100 percent renewable energy and will source 12 megawatts of electricity from renewables.
“These innovative new clean energy investments demonstrate our commitment to doing business responsibly and economically,” said Kyoichi Yamanaka, managing director of Ibiden's Environment Group. “Our products help Apple devices run smarter, and now we’re powering our operations with smarter energy too. We're pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals.”
Since launching its aggressive campaign to use clean energy, Apple has begun powering all of its operations across 23 countries with renewable energy and more than 93 percent of its worldwide are powered with renewable energy. That includes the solar power on the roof of its new Apple Park in California, the roof of which is covered with solar power. More recently the company embarked on a campaign to ensure that its suppliers are also taking advantage of clean energy. It said that by the end of 2018 it and its suppliers will generate more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours from clean sources on an annual basis, an amount Apple said it’s equivalent to taking 400,000 vehicles off the road.Tweet