As part of its goal to become completely carbon neural, Apple says that 175 of its suppliers will transition to using renewable energy, more than double the number that had previously committed to using 100% clean power.
It’s part of the Mac-maker’s plan to be carbon neutral across its supply chain and products by 2030.
Apple going carbon neutral
“Every company should be a part of the fight against climate change, and together with our suppliers and local communities, we’re demonstrating all of the opportunity and equity green innovation can bring,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re acting with urgency, and we’re acting together. But time is not a renewable resource, and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.”
Cupertino’s global operations are already carbon neutral. But that’s only part of the equation. In 2020, Apple made the promise to be carbon neutral across its entire business and manufacturing chain in a decade.
To meet that goal, the company and its suppliers will bring online more than 9 gigawatts of clean power around the world. This will avoid over 18 million metric tons of CO2e annually — the equivalent of taking over 4 million cars off the road each year.
The moves are happening around the world. In the US, 19 suppliers in Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program, including Solvay, are scaling their use of renewable energy. In Europe, 19 suppliers are now part of the program, including STMicroelectronics, which has started nine additional projects to deliver renewable energy for its broader operations.
In China, 50 suppliers are now part of the program, with many maximizing their use of on-site solutions. In India, Japan, and South Korea, 31 suppliers have joined, including SK Hynix, one of the first Korean suppliers to participate.