Apple has almost doubled the number of suppliers committed to operating production on 100% clean energy and it has funded $2.5bn worth of environmental innovation and research and development projects.
The company said it was on track to beat its goal to bring four gigawatts of renewable energy to the supply chain by 2020. The total number of suppliers complying with 100% clean energy production is now 44.
“We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple.
Partnerships, innovative platforms and educational initiatives have led the progress towards environmental responsibility, following last year’s announcement that all Apple's facilities were powered by 100% clean energy.
Green bond grants to the value of $2.5bn have contributed to over 40 environmental initiatives worldwide, the largest quantity provided by any US corporation. The green bond projects provide for Apple’s entire electricity load, and since January 2019 projects have generated 66% of renewable energy used.
Apple green bonds contribute to a variety of schemes including solar rooftops in Japan and the 100% recycled aluminium custom alloys now used in the latest MacBook Air and Mac Mini.
Apple has reduced its carbon footprint for the third year running. As manufacturing makes up 74% of its carbon footprint, initiatives partnering with suppliers have been established to reduce the environmental impact.
The Supplier Clean Energy Program has played a vital part through working with suppliers to boost energy efficiency and help the transition to clean energy sources, said Apple. The Clean Energy Portal, an online platform, also supports the supply chain’s transformation to environmentally-friendly solutions, as over 100 suppliers have registered to get support identifying renewable energy sources.
“Every time one of our suppliers joins us in our efforts to address climate change, we move closer to a better future for the next generation. While we are proud of our announcement today, we won’t stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally,” said Jackson.
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