Earth Day Nears Apple Close to 100% Green Energy, Aims to End Mining for Products

Earth Day Nears Apple Close to 100% Green Energy, Aims to End Mining for Products

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Apple is getting greener. The company introduced its latest Environmental Responsibility Report today (April 20)—just ahead of Earth Day. The company said that 96 percent of all of the energy it uses comes from renewable energy and 100 percent of the power used at its datacenter now comes from renewables. 

The company has transitioned to renewables rapidly. Just four years ago it had virtually no renewable energy in its portfolio and now it’s approaching 100 percent renewable energy. It’s also encouraging and helping its suppliers move to renewable energy. Other companies are taking similar actions, like Walmart, which announced its plan to help suppliers move to renewable energy yesterday.

“To date, we’ve installed 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across six provinces of China. Using these projects as a model, our direct suppliers are developing their own renewable energy projects, many of which are already under way,” the company stated.Apple Campus. Courtesy Apple 

“As part of our clean energy program, Apple and our suppliers will generate and procure more than 4 gigawatts of new clean power worldwide by 2020, including 2 gigawatts in China alone, and use it to reduce emissions associated with manufacturing,” Apple said. “Already, commitments made as of April 2017 represent a total of 2 gigawatts. Once completed, the 4 gigawatts of clean power will represent 30 percent of our current manufacturing carbon footprint.” The company also launched a Clean Energy Portal in multiple languages that provides regional guidance and tools to help suppliers procure clean energy. 

Apple’s suppliers are also making interesting commitments to renewable energy. For instance, Ibiden, an Apple supplier in Japan, will soon be getting all of its energy from renewable energy, including a unique floating solar farm.

The company also made an interesting announcement about its goals for its manufacturing. “We believe our goal should be a closed-loop supply chain, where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled material,” Apple said. “We already have programs in place to ensure that the finite materials we use in our products are sourced responsibly through strict standards and programs that drive positive change. We’re also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.” 

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