Cupertino-based tech giant Apple announced that its facilitates are now powered by 100% clean energy worldwide, while nine more of its suppliers has also committed to producing 100 percent clean energy as well.
Apple is now thinking of pushing the suppliers to embrace cent per cent renewable energy as well and it knows that it would create a competition to grab a share of Apple's business and cause a universal good.
"After years of hard work, we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", Tim Cook said in a statement yesterday (9 April).
Apple is stretching beyond the borders of its own properties with a push to clean up its supply chain through a program dedicated to encouraging its upstream manufacturing partners to power their operations with renewable energy.
Renewable energy projects that provide power to Apple facilities range from large wind farms in the United States to clusters of hundreds of rooftop solar systems in Japan and Singapore.
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For example, 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been built in China to address emissions from its huge manufacturing presence in the country. Once built, it will have over 1.4GW of renewable energy generation across 11 countries. That's stores, offices, and data centers powered from solar, wind, hydrogen, and other clean energy sources.
Alphabet's Google past year purchased enough renewable energy to cover all of its electricity consumption worldwide.
China first overtook the United States in new renewable energy investment in 2009 (p.14), but the gap between the two only amounted to $14 billion at that time.
This news came just a week after Google's claim that it now purchases enough renewable energy to offset its global energy consumption. It is all controlled by a microgrid with battery storage, and gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy. Major energy projects have pushed the company toward clean operations. It means Apple Inc. now has the commitment of as many as 23 suppliers helping it to go completely green.
DSM Engineering Plastics, which manufactures polymers and compounds in the Netherlands, Taiwan and China that are used in many Apple products, including connectors and cables.