Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Perez Jackson, in an interview with Bloomberg recently announced that the company had achieved 96% renewable energy worldwide. With a 100% renewable energy in the United States, three new supply chain companies pledged to follow suit.
In the interview, Jackson reiterated the company’s value system of leaving the world better than they found it. She added that they would not stop till they achieved a 100% everywhere. Apple is at 100% renewable energy usage within the United States, alongside 23 other countries. The 96% of renewable energy sources at Apple included their stores, data centres, distribution centres, and offices. To achieve the last few percentage points to reach the goal of 100% would come from the company’s supply chain, which are the companies that Apple does not explicitly own.
Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd., Compal Electronics Inc., and Sunwoda Electronic Co. are the three new supply chain companies which are committed to joining Apple’s sustainability goals. Jackson added that they were at seven members of their supply chain who had committed to making Apple operations renewable.
Apple’s Carbon Footprint is at 38 million metric tonnes a year, which is less than 0.1% of world’s average and the company, is set to reduce this to below 30 million metric tonnes for the next year. Jackson also stated that “you have to figure out the challenge, and meet the need, and then use the technology that makes the most sense.”
Apple would continue with its renewable energy plans pledged under President Obama’s administration. Although there is a roll back on some of the EPA’s rules by President Trump, Apple would continue in its endeavour. The company in a joint statement after the signing of Trump’s order said that they believed in strong clean energy and climate policies like the Clean Power Plan, which can make renewable energy supplies more robust and address the serious threat of climate change and also support American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth.