Apple has announced that its manufacturing partners have achieved a significant increase in renewable energy, with over 13 gigawatts supported worldwide. This represents a nearly 30% increase in the last year alone. The company also revealed that more than 250 suppliers operating across 28 countries are committed to using renewable energy for all Apple production by 2030. This is more than 85% of the company’s direct manufacturing spend and more than 20 gigawatts in commitments.
The move towards renewable energy is part of Apple’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral for every product by 2030. In addition to being carbon neutral for its global corporate emissions, Apple is also using innovative tools to support progress towards this ambitious goal. This includes $4.7 billion in Green Bonds, which are helping finance the expansion of clean energy solutions and emissions reductions around the world.
Since 2019, the operational renewable energy across Apple’s global supply chain has expanded five times over, now totaling 13.7 gigawatts. The company’s U.S.-based manufacturing partners have made steady progress towards renewable energy, with 27 suppliers finding success with a variety of approaches. Nearly 70 Chinese suppliers are committed to 100% renewable electricity, and 30 European manufacturing partners are committed to clean energy. In Japan, 34 manufacturing partners have committed to procure 100% renewable energy for their Apple production.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement: “Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”
Apple has been a leader in the tech industry when it comes to environmental responsibility. The company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California is powered entirely by renewable energy, and Apple has built one of the largest on-site solar arrays in the world at its data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple has also been working with suppliers to help them transition to renewable energy, and has helped fund renewable energy projects in areas where its manufacturing partners operate.
The move towards renewable energy is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for business. Renewable energy is becoming increasingly cost-effective, and by using it, Apple and its manufacturing partners can save money on energy costs in the long run. In addition, customers are becoming more environmentally conscious and are more likely to support companies that are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
Apple’s commitment to renewable energy is a step in the right direction, and it is one that other companies should follow. By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come.