Apple and global suppliers expand renewable energy to 13.7 GW

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Apple has announced its manufacturing partners now support over 13 gigawatts (GW) of renewable electricity around the world, a nearly 30 per cent increase in the last year. In total, more than 250 suppliers operating across 28 countries are committed to using renewable energy for all Apple production by 2030. This represents more than 85 per cent of the company’s direct manufacturing spend, and more than 20 GW in commitments.

Already claiming carbon neutrality for its global corporate emissions, Apple said that it is using innovative tools to support progress toward its ambitious 2030 goal to be carbon neutral for every product. This includes $4.7 billion in Green Bonds, which are helping finance the expansion of clean energy solutions and emissions reductions around the world. Apple also shared details of its Green Bond spend for 2022, which includes investments in large-scale solar, low-carbon design, energy efficiency, and carbon removal.

“At Apple, we are carbon neutral for our own operations and innovating every day to go even further in the urgent work to address climate change,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With partners around the world, we are adding even more renewable energy to power our global supply chain and investing in next-generation green technologies. The scale of this challenge is immense — but so is our determination to meet it.”

More than 40 manufacturing partners joined Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program in the last year. Apple has called on its suppliers to decarbonise all Apple-related operations, including sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity. To help them meet their commitments and go even further, Apple said it works closely with suppliers to identify and implement solutions for clean energy and carbon reductions — offering a suite of free learning resources and live trainings through its Clean Energy Academy. 

“Our new supplier commitments demonstrate the rapid pace of progress we are making toward our 2030 carbon neutrality goal,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. “We are taking urgent action on a global scale to unlock a greener, more innovative, and more resilient future.”

Through their participation in the Supplier Clean Energy Program, Apple’s suppliers are signaling demand for the expansion of renewable electricity capacity around the world. Since 2019, the operational renewable energy across Apple’s global supply chain has expanded five times over, now totaling 13.7 GW. This equated to 17.4 million metric tons of avoided carbon emissions last year — the equivalent of removing nearly 3.8 million cars from the road.

Apple also supports about 1.5 GW of renewable electricity around the world to power all corporate offices, data centres, and retail stores, spanning 44 countries. The company has also invested directly in nearly 500 megawatts of solar and wind in China and Japan to address upstream supply chain emissions.

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