Apple announced Monday, that as part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy.
This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centres as well as new facilities in 43 countries including US, UK, China and India. The iPhone maker also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to switching all of their Apple production to 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends it.”
The company said since 2014, all of it’s data centres have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy. And since 2011, all of the company's renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 54 percent from its facilities worldwide and prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere.
The tech giant details its list of renewable energy projects that includes its new Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America powered fully by renewable energy from a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and 4 megawatts of biogas fuel cells yoked to a microgrid with battery storage.
In a statement, the company said along with its partners, they are building new renewable energy projects around the world, improving the energy options for local communities, states and even entire countries. The Cupertino, California-based giant now has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626 megawatts of generation capacity of which 286 megawatts is solar.
Once its 15 new projects are completed, it will generate over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation across 11 countries. For the past four years, all of Apple’s data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Apple is now building two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy.