Japan - Apple’s component supplier in Japan, Ibiden, has committed to power all its Apple related manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy. Announcing this pledge, Apple said Ibiden will be the first partner to embark on such a move in Japan.
Ibiden’s pledge is a massive boost for Apple’s commitment to using renewable energy in its factories and also for its efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean 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.”
To achieve the undertaking, Ibiden will invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest island-like floating solar photovoltaic systems in the country. The state-of-the-art floating system is constructed on a converted lumber yard to maximize land use in Japan.
Ibiden’s renewable energy projects will produce over 12 MW of solar power — more than the energy they need for Apple manufacturing — and support Japan’s nationwide efforts to limit its carbon emissions.
“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.”
Globally, Apple and its suppliers will be generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy for the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018 — equal to taking over 400,000 cars off the road for a year.
Apple says it has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. To date, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in 23 countries, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.
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