This week Apple, maker of iconic electronics like the iPad and iPhone, announced that it’s now powering all of its global facilities with 100 percent renewable energy and that its suppliers are moving to renewable energy as well. The company said it has 626 megawatts of solar power online and that all of its retail stores, offices, data centers and facilities across 43 countries are now fully powered by renewable energy.
“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”
Apple now has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world and 286 megawatts of solar power online in 2017 alone, including the 17 MW rooftop installation at it new Cupertino headquarters. The company also is building out 15 more renewable energy projects. Once completed it will have more than 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation across 11 countries.
Other major tech companies from Google to Facebook also are using renewable energy to power their operations. For instance Google announced that in 2017 it would run on 100 percent renewable energy. That company uses wind and solar to power its operations.
Apple has powered all of its data centers with renewable energy since 2014. But it’s been expanding its use of renewable energy to include its other operations.
In addition to powering its operations with renewable energy Apple’s suppliers and manufacturing partners are increasingly turning to renewable energy as well. In announcing it was run by renewable energy, it also announced that nine more of its suppliers are using 100 percent clean energy to produce Apple products. In all, 23 of its suppliers have made such commitments now.
The company’s international projects include over 485 megawatts of wind and solar power across six provinces in China to address upstream manufacturing emissions. That includes renewable energy on on 800 rooftops in Singapore. In Denmark it’s two data centers under construction will also be powered 100 percent from renewable energy when they’re operational.Tweet