October 27, 2021
Apple charges ahead for 2030 carbon neutral target, adding 9 gigawatts of clean power and doubling supplier commitments
Prior to COP26, Apple launched 10 new initiatives to support communities around the world
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple announced today that it has more than doubled the number of suppliers committed to using 100 percent clean energy over the last year, accelerating progress toward its ambitious 2030 goal of being carbon neutral across its supply chain. and products. In total, 175 Apple suppliers are switching to renewable energy use, and the company and its suppliers will put more than 9 gigawatts of clean energy online worldwide. These actions will prevent more than 18 million metric tons of CO2e annually – the equivalent of taking more than 4 million off-road vehicles each year.
The company has added 10 new projects for its first Power for Impact initiative to bring clean energy solutions to communities around the world. These projects are thought to provide renewable energy to low-resource communities while supporting economic growth and social impact.
“Every company needs to be a part of the fight against climate change, and together with our suppliers and local communities, we demonstrate all the opportunities and green innovation equity can bring,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO . “We act urgently, and we act together. But time is not a renewable resource, and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.”
While Apple is already carbon neutral in all of its global operations, by 2030, every device Apple sells will have a zero net climate impact. Since announcing this goal last year, the company has not only drastically increased the number of its suppliers switching to renewable energy, but has also expanded the amount of recycled material in its products and established new projects focused on environmental justice. In total, Apple has reduced its carbon emissions by 40 percent in the last five years.
“For too long, the communities most affected by climate change have not had a place at the table. It is about to change, and we are committed to being part of that change,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of Environment, Politics is Apple’s Social Initiative. “The new projects we share will help communities develop new local renewable energy projects, creating a healthier and more equitable world as they advance the fight against climate change.”
In the United States, 19 suppliers in Apple’s clean energy program, including Solvay, scale the use of renewable energy in all of their Apple operations, often going beyond their business with Apple. In Europe, 19 suppliers are now part of the program, including STMicroelectronics, which has embarked on nine additional projects to provide renewable energy for its wider operations since joining Apple’s program.
In China, 50 providers are now part of the program, with some maximizing their use of on-site solutions. In India, Japan and South Korea, 31 suppliers came together, including SK Hynix, one of the first Korean suppliers to participate.
Apple also creates new avenues for the use of recycled materials, maintaining high standards for sourcing, collaborating with suppliers to move toward a circular economy that eliminates the need for intensive coal mining and conserves resources. This includes recycled sources of gold, cobalt, aluminum and rare earth elements, among other materials that are now part of Apple products. These advances, along with suppliers moving to renewable energy, reduce the environmental impact of the company’s products. Recent deals include an 11 percent reduction in the carbon footprint of the iPhone 13 Pro and an eight percent reduction for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, compared to previous generations.
Apple has also announced support for 10 new renewable projects worldwide through its Power for Impact program:
In the United States, Apple will work with the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, formed by six Sioux tribes to jointly develop tribal renewable energy resources by financing, developing, building and operating energy generation and transmission facilities for the wholesale market. This project is in the process of creating large-scale wind energy development in the Midwest, and follows the organization’s participation in Apple’s Impact Accelerator, part of the company’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.
In South Africa, Apple brings renewable energy to more than 3,500 households that previously lacked access. The company will also help reduce electricity costs for the Pioneering School for the Visually Impaired by financing solar installations on the roof. And in Nigeria, Apple is supporting the development of a solar energy system to serve a primary health center in the state of Ondo, as well as 200 households in the surrounding region.
In the Philippines, Apple will help fund an educational institution that provides scholarships to high-performing students, with underprivileged resources, offsetting electricity costs through a new solar roof installation. In Thailand, Apple is participating in an effort to increase renewable energy production and battery storage to ensure reliable access to electricity, and replace the use of polluting diesel for a remote fishing country that relies on refrigerators to maintain the quality of their fish products. Apple’s work to support a program in Vietnam provides solar electricity to 20 schools in the country, and will help teach thousands of children about sustainable development and STEM.
In Colombia, Apple is helping put a rooftop solar energy system online at Santa Ana Children’s Hospital, and the money saved on energy bills will allow the hospital to buy more equipment and medication. A rooftop solar installation in Ciudad Don Bosco, a non-profit organization that provides educational and social services for underprivileged youth, will help the group advance its sustainable development goals.
In Israel, Apple supports the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village for at-risk youth with solar installations to help lower electricity costs and generate a new source of income for the organization.
Apple will continue to focus on communities most affected by climate change as it pursues its environmental goals. For more information on the company’s environmental initiatives, visit apple.com/environment. For a full list of suppliers participating in Apple’s clean energy supplier program, visit apple.com/environment/Apple_Supplier_Clean_Energy_Commitments_October-2021.pdf.
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