Apple’s suppliers have more than doubled their use of clean power over the last year. There’s over 10 gigawatts operational today. In 2021, these projects avoided 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
And the iPhone-maker itself is investing in green energy projects.
Apple working to deal with climate change
The United Nations warned recently that there’s real risk of greenhouse gas emissions causing global temperatures to rise to a dangerous level.
Companies like Apple and its suppliers are trying to prevent that. “Clean energy is good for business and good for the planet,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “By sharing what we learned in our own transition to renewables, we are helping point the way to a greener future.”
Clean energy commitments have been made by 213 of Apple’s manufacturing partners. These commitments total nearly 16 gigawatts of clean power in the coming years.
To support businesses in their transition to clean power, the iPhone-maker shares data and offers training materials with market-specific information.
Working for a greener future in the US
Apple suppliers based in the United States, including DuPont, Micron Technology, Solvay and Corning are committing to clean energy.
And Apple is investing directly in U.S. green energy projects, including the 2,300-acre IP Radian Solar project in Texas. The project will generate 300 megawatts of electricity once construction is completed later in 2022. Apple made this investment to help mitigate the electricity customers use to charge their Apple devices, which represents 22% of the company’s gross carbon footprint.
Global clean power efforts
Climate change is a global problem. Nearly all of Apple’s top suppliers headquartered in China have committed to using clean energy for Apple production, with many building on-site solar, while supporting the country’s transition to renewable power.
In Europe, a total of 25 APple suppliers have made clean energy commitments. They are deploying a range of clean energy solutions.
Apple is investing directly in renewable projects around the world, including nearly 500 megawatts of solar and other renewable projects in China and Japan to cover a portion of upstream emissions.