© Apple General | April 11, 2019
Apple exceeds clean energy goal with new supplier pledges
Apple has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100% clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Notable for their size among the 44 suppliers are Hon Hain (Foxconn) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
As a result of the current number of suppliers joining the effort, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing four gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with more than one additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. This comes one year after Apple announced that all of its global facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy, according to an Apple press release. Apple reduced its comprehensive carbon footprint for the third year in a row in 2018, in large part due to the company’s Supplier Clean Energy Program. Manufacturing makes up 74% of Apple’s carbon footprint, and the program helps its suppliers increase energy efficiency and transition to renewable energy sources. Just last year, Apple and its suppliers participated in clean energy generation that roughly equaled the electricity needed to power over 600,000 homes in the US. Apple has further expanded its supplier education and support initiatives, including through its Clean Energy Portal, an online platform to help suppliers identify renewable energy sources globally. Over 100 suppliers have already registered to participate in the site. It also launched a first-of-its-kind fund with 10 of its suppliers last year to help finance renewable energy projects in China. The company also announced major progress toward the effort to find environmental solutions by allocating all USD 2.5 billion in green bonds it previously announced, the largest of any U.S. corporation. Through green bond allocations, the company has contributed to 40 environmental initiatives around the world. That includes projects Apple has created to cover its entire electricity load — as of January 2019, approximately 66% of the renewable energy Apple uses comes from such endeavors. Apple’s green bonds are also notable for the number of areas of environmental research and innovation they support. Projects include solar rooftops in Japan, an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and the creation of a custom alloy made of 100% recycled aluminum that is now found in the newest MacBook Air and Mac mini.