Over 100 Apple suppliers commit to renewable energy

8 April 2021

Apple has stated that 110 of its suppliers are moving to 100% renewable energy for Apple production, as part of the company’s plans to achieve a carbon neutral supply chain by 2030.

The tech giant said the move by its suppliers would save more than 15m tonnes of CO2e annually.

Apple announced its plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product lifecycle by 2030 last July.

Since then, the company said the number of its suppliers transitioning to renewable energy has significantly increased. It is already carbon neutral today for its own global corporate operations, but said this added commitment would mean every Apple device sold will have a net-zero climate impact by 2030. 

Also, Apple said it was investing directly in renewable energy projects to cover a portion of upstream emissions, as well as a grid-scale energy storage project in California called California Flats, capable of storing 240 megawatt-hours of energy.

Lisa Jackson, Apple vice-president for environment, policy, and social initiatives, said its suppliers moving to 100% renewable energy were based in countries including Germany, China, the US, India, and France.

“In a year like no other, Apple continued to work with a global network of colleagues, companies and advocates to help make our environmental efforts and everything we do a force for good in people’s lives, and to work alongside the communities most impacted by climate change,” she said.

Apple's role in the transition is introducing its suppliers to resources and training materials with country-specific information to guide them in the switch, providing them with training, and supporting the creation of renewable energy industry associations that they can join.

Additionally, it created the China Clean Energy Fund, which enables the company and its suppliers to invest in clean energy projects in China, and connects them with opportunities to buy renewable energy directly from project developers and utilities.

The company said that its carbon footprint has decreased by 40% since committing to its 2030 target.

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