Apple hits green goal

Apple hits green goal

Kerry Wise
April 12, 2018

In 2010 only 16% of Apple's facilities were powered by renewable energy, by 2015 93% relied on green energy. The exploring the utilization of energy sources from solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems, energy storage technologies and more.

Apple also has 15 more projects down the line. Now, the iPhone maker has announced that all its worldwide facilities run on 100 percent renewable energy. In 2016, the company stood at 96 percent, according to its latest energy report.

Tim Cook, who took over as Apple's CEO in 2011, added his own thoughts.

"I am not aware of any other company that uses that same stringency for making sure the clean power that they're investing in or purchasing is on the regional grid where it's being used", Jackson said.

In a filing to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seen by Reuters on Friday, the tech giant said repealing the legislation would give China and other nations the upper hand over the US in the global race to develop clean energy. "That facility might be in a different part of the world from the renewable energy project that generated the power represented by the REC".

Apple has been one of the pioneering tech giants who wanted to power their companies exclusively via clean energy sources, and now it seems they have realized their dream.

While in Singapore, Apple says it adapted to the nation state's tiny footprint and installed solar panels on the rooftops of 800 buildings. So in 2012, it hired the Bay Area-based solar contractor SunPower, which built the 20-megawatt farm right across the street from the data center.

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Just a few days after Google announced that it had officially hit its 100% renewable energy goal, rival tech giant Apple has now made the same claim.

According to Apple, it has, since 2011, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 54% from its facilities worldwide and prevented almost 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) from entering the atmosphere.

There's an obvious public relations benefit to going green, especially at a time when the US government has come under fire for reversing numerous country's commitments to clean energy. These partners include, DSM Engineering Plastics, Arkema and Pegatron.

The company now requires RECs for 34% of its current clean energy status.

Data centers were Apple's first target of green energy. Luxshare-ICT's production for Apple is predominantly located in Eastern China.

Quadrant, a supplier of magnets and magnetic components in a number of Apple's products. However, it has managed to convince 23 companies in its supply chain to pledge they will get the Apple side of their business running off 100% green energy as well.