Apple steps up renewable energy efforts in Europe with new investments

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Apple will invest in two of the world's largest onshore wind turbines.
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Apple on Thursday confirmed plans to expand its renewable energy footprint in Europe. Cupertino will invest in the world’s largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark and in new clean energy efforts in Germany.

The moves are part of Apple’s plan, announced last month, to become carbon neutral across its entire business and supply chain.

Apple’s massive focus on using renewable energy has made it one of the greenest companies in the technology industry. And it won’t stop until every avenue of its business in every country is carbon neutral.

The company’s operations are already powered by 100% renewable energy. But by 2030, Apple hopes to ensure that every single device is sells has net zero climate impact.

The next step in that mission is major investments in two renewable energy efforts in Europe.

Apple expands renewable energy footprint

Apple will invest in 200-meter-tall turbines, located near the Danish town of Esbjerg, that are expected to produce 62 gigawatt hours of power each year. That’s enough to supply nearly 20,000 homes.

This power will support Apple’s gigantic data center in Viborg, with surplus energy being diverted into the public grid.

“Combatting climate change demands urgent action and global partnership — and the Viborg data center is powerful proof that we can rise to this generational challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

“Investments in clean energy deliver breakthrough innovations that bring clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. This is an area where we have to lead — for the sake of our planet and future generations.”

Varta commits to 100% renewable power

In Germany, Apple supplier Varta this week committed to running its Apple production with 100% renewable power. Other local suppliers, Henkel and tesa SE, are also working toward the same.

DSM Engineering Materials based in the Netherlands, STMicroelectronics based in Switzerland, and Solvay based in Belgium has also pledged to step up their clean energy efforts, Apple says.