Apple’s global facilities are now running on 100 per cent clean energy, the tech firm has announced.
This includes offices, retail stores and data centres in 43 countries which include the United Kingdom, United States, China and India.
Nine additional manufacturing partners have also committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 per cent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
Apple and its partners are building new renewable energy projects across the globe, improving the energy options for local communities, states and even entire countries. Apple creates or develops, with utilities, new regional renewable energy projects that would not otherwise exist, representing a diverse range of energy sources. These include solar arrays and wind farms, biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said: “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.
“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 currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, its most ever in one year. It also has 15 more projects in construction.
Altogether, clean energy from supplier projects helped avoid more than 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017 — this is the equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off the road.