Apple on the environment: Doing right for the planet is good for business

phys.org | 4/10/2018 | Staff
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Apple is all in on addressing climate change.

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple announced progress on some of its latest green initiatives, notably that it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100% clean energy, bringing the total number of those suppliers to 44.

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This means Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with more than an additional gigawatt on the grid projected within that timeframe.

For context, 5 gigawatts of clean energy powers about 1.5 million homes in the U.S., says Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, who had been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama.

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A year ago, Apple announced that all of its global facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy. For the third year in a row, it has reduced its carbon footprint.

Apple also said it has achieved major progress to address environmental solutions by allocating all $2.5 billion in its previously announced green bonds. Through such allocations, Apple has contributed to 40 environment initiatives around the world, including includes projects it has created to cover its entire electricity load. As of this past January, around 66 percent of the renewable energy Apple uses comes from these endeavors.

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The green bonds support various projects like solar rooftops in Japan, an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and the creation of a custom alloy made of 100 percent recycled aluminum ore that is now found in Apple's latest MacBook Air and Mac mini computers.

Shortly after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate accord in 2017, "we wanted the world to know that we, Apple, are still in and still committed to tackling the challenge of climate change," Jackson says. She added that...
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