USA – The technology giant Apple Inc. recently announced that its global facilities are now all powered with 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities comprise retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.
Apple Inc. also announced that nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
“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 says it currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world with a combined 626 megawatts of generation capacity. This includes 286 megawatts of solar PV generation that came online in 2017.
The company also has 15 more projects under construction. Once completed and commissioned these additional projects will ensure Apple has 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation capacity spread across 11 countries.
In addition, over 85 suppliers have registered for Apple’s Clean Energy Portal, an online platform that Apple developed to help suppliers identify commercially viable renewable energy solutions in their regions around the world.
Apple points out that its data centres have been operating with 100 percent renewable energy since 2014.
All of the company’s worldwide renewable energy projects have ensured a 54 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the past seven years. This has in turn prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Some of Apple’s notable renewable energy projects include Apple Park, the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California; over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects developed across six provinces of China to address upstream manufacturing emissions; renewable energy on 800 rooftops in Singapore, where land is scarce.
Apple is also engaged in multiple PPAs across the USA and has many other renewable energy projects under construction or on the drawing board across the world.
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