April 14, 2022
Apple is helping suppliers rapidly accelerate the use of renewable energy around the world
More than 200 suppliers committed to using only clean energy; will contribute nearly 16 gigawatts
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced that its suppliers have more than doubled their use of clean energy over the past year, with more than 10 gigawatts operational today out of nearly 16 gigawatts of total commitments in the coming years. . In 2021, these renewable projects avoided 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions. Projects online today will support greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to taking 3 million cars off the road for one year.
Apple is continuously working with its global supply chain to accelerate and support its transition to clean energy. To date, 213 of the company’s major manufacturing partners have committed to powering all Apple production with renewable electricity in 25 countries. The dozens of new commitments announced today will accelerate progress toward Apple’s 2030 goal of becoming carbon neutral across its entire supply chain. Apple has been carbon neutral for its global operations since 2020.
“We are proud that so many of our industry partners have joined in our urgent work to address the climate crisis by generating more renewable energy around the world,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of the environment, policy and social initiatives of Apple. “Clean energy is good for business and good for the planet. By sharing what we’ve learned from our own transition to renewable energy, we’re helping lead the way to a greener future.
Supplier Commitments and Global Energy Projects
In addition to clean energy commitments made by 213 manufacturing partners, Apple is investing directly in renewable energy projects around the world, including nearly 500 megawatts of solar and other renewable energy projects in China and the United States. Japan to cover part of the upstream emissions. To support businesses in their transition to clean energy, Apple shares data and offers training materials with market-specific information. These resources have helped spur new clean energy solutions around the world.
In Europe, 11 new suppliers made clean energy commitments in the last year, including Infineon, Viscom AG and Lumileds, bringing the total to 25 European companies. They are deploying a range of clean energy solutions, including Infineon using on-site solar power in Germany and Austria, and DSM Engineering Materials supporting a wind project in the Netherlands. Apple has already backed two Danish renewable energy projects, including a large solar park near Thisted and a wind farm near Esbjerg, both of which power Apple’s data center in the country. The company is also considering further steps to address customer usage of the products in the region.
In the United States, Apple is investing directly in the 2,300-acre Radian Solar IP project in Brown County, Texas. The project will generate 300 megawatts of electricity when construction is complete later this year. Apple made this investment to help address the electricity customers use to charge their Apple devices, which accounts for 22% of the company’s gross carbon footprint.
Apple suppliers with operations in the United States also continue to commit to clean energy, with notable new commitments from DuPont, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware; and Micron Technology, Inc., headquartered in Boise, Idaho, announced today. Already, Apple suppliers Solvay and Corning are helping support some of the largest solar farms in North Carolina and South Carolina as part of their commitment to Apple.
In China, 23 new suppliers joined the program last year. Nearly all of Apple’s major China-based suppliers have pledged to use clean energy for Apple’s production, with many solar buildings on site, while supporting the country’s transition to renewable energy. This includes new commitments from suppliers such as Ruicycle, which will use clean energy in its closed-loop recycling processes for Apple. In 2018, Apple took an innovative approach to accelerating renewable energy progress in China with the launch of the China Clean Energy Fund. Through this first-of-its-kind investment fund, Apple and its suppliers have together invested in 465 megawatts of clean energy.
In Japan, new clean energy options are emerging for businesses as power purchase agreements become increasingly available. Where corporate energy buyers were previously limited to solar certificate and unbundled rooftop options, collaborative advocacy has further opened up the market. Twenty new suppliers pledged to provide clean energy in Japan last year, including Kioxia Corporation and Sharp Corporation. Nitto Denko and many other Apple suppliers have invested in on-site solar power, and Keiwa covers its Apple load with power from a wind project outside Tokyo.
In South Korea, LG Display Co. Ltd. and Samsung SDI are committed to using clean energy for all Apple production. This addition to the program builds on significant progress over the past year, with a total of 13 suppliers committing to bring clean energy online.
In markets where suppliers face particular challenges accessing clean, cost-effective energy, Apple is working with partners to break down barriers through innovation and policy engagement.
Clean Energy Community Impact
As Apple continues to accelerate progress toward carbon neutrality across its global supply chain, the company is also focused on supporting communities hardest hit by climate change. Through its Power for Impact program, Apple provides disadvantaged local communities around the world with access to renewable energy while supporting economic growth and social impact.
Currently, solar projects in Colombia, the Philippines and South Africa are providing affordable and reliable electricity to communities facing significant energy challenges. Apple continues to expand the program to other parts of the world, including Israel, Nigeria, Thailand and Vietnam. These projects create jobs and result in energy savings that can be reinvested in local communities. Apple retains the environmental attributes of each project, and communities use the energy savings to support economic growth, education, health, and other social initiatives.
For more information, read Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program Update. For more information about Apple’s environmental initiatives, visit apple.com/environment.
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