Apple announced this week that it has achieved its goal of supplying all of its facilities from renewable sources. In other words, Apple’s data centers, offices, and retail stores in 43 countries are based on clean energy.
Over the years, Apple has made a number of efforts to achieve this goal: buying green energy bonds and investing in other renewable energy sources in its supply chain and infrastructure. As of 2016, the mobile phone manufacturer achieved 93% of its business based on clean energy operations.
Just a week before the news was released, Google Inc. also announced that The company’s purchase of renewable energy is enough to offset its global energy consumption.
Regarding Apple’s results, strictly speaking, its global operations are not 100% renewable renewable energy supply. Some of Apple’s Chinese suppliers have yet to achieve 100% clean energy, and Apple has many facilities in areas where clean energy is not available. For example, an Apple Store powered by a municipal grid would not necessarily be 100% clean. Once the electricity enters the government grid, we can no longer determine its source and cleanliness.
To this end, Apple has purchased a number of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to ensure the cleanliness of its source of energy, and REC is a tradable commodity (which can be thought of as the opposite of a carbon tax). In addition, Apple has invested in clean energy facilities such as wind and solar power to build its own dedicated energy source, ensuring that all new offices and factories in the company are 100% clean, including recent investments. Apple Park, the headquarters of the Apple Spaceship. At the same time, the company also said that the remaining green energy will be put into the grid for others to use.
Apple said that in some key aspects, the approach chosen was quite different from that used by its peers.
The company has always been committed to funding and building its own energy projects. At present, the exclusive energy has been able to meet Apple’s two-thirds of the world’s energy needs. Last year, Apple published a 58-page environmental responsibility report stating that “for the unsatisfactory part of the exclusive power plant, we signed a long-term renewable energy procurement contract to support new local projects that meet the company’s renewable energy supply principles. If we are unable to develop new renewable energy projects due to local conditions, then we will purchase renewable energy directly from new projects in nearby markets or through utilities green energy projects.”
Apple strives to ensure 100% clean energy in every retail store, office, data center and manufacturing facility in its 43 countries. Although, so far, due to the dependence of its equipment on the power grid, the monopoly of regional utilities, and energy barriers in manufacturing centers such as China, this has not been fully realized. However, Apple promises to achieve this goal as soon as possible.
Apple CEO Cook said in a statement: “We are committed to making the world a better place. At the same time, we are proud of our goal of achieving this milestone through our persistent efforts. We will continue to expand our products. The scope of material selection, optimized recycling methods, and further cooperation with suppliers to create new, innovative and promising sources of renewable energy. Because we know, this determines the future.”
Cook has also been very supportive of the use of clean energy. Last year, Cook publicly opposed Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. In 2014, Cook told investors that if investors dismissed the company’s efforts in green energy and sustainability or questioned the company’s spending on the project, they could sell it. Apple stock.
In announcing the goal of achieving new energy, Apple also said: “Apple currently has 25 renewable energy projects around the world, with a total power generation of 626 megawatts. In 2017, solar photovoltaic power generation reached 286 megawatts, the largest ever. At the same time, Apple has 15 projects under construction. Once completed, these projects will provide 1400 MW of renewable and clean energy for 11 countries.
Apple said that since 2014, its data centers have achieved 100% renewable energy supply. Since 2011, all of Apple’s renewable energy projects have helped its global plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54%.