Following years of fulfilling the dream of clean energy, Apple announced that the facilities of the tech giant are currently 100 percent powered by renewable sources. According to the latest energy report of the company, that is up from the 96 percent that was recorded in 2016. Apple says that the new milestone covers power usage in all of its offices, stores, data centres and its various co-located sites that are across 43 countries. As for its manufacturing, it has received commitments from 23 of its partners (including Quanta Computer and Pegatron) to build the products of Apple using renewable energy.
However, to be clear, the announcement of Apple does not mean that all of its facilities are connected to clean energy directly. Instead, in some cases, the company is placing renewables back into the grid to offset the fossil fuels that it uses up. That is something Google is also doing for its data centres and offices. A representative from Apple says that it also relies on renewable energy certificates (or RECs) for approximately 34 percent of its usage, while the rest is made up from the own green projects of the company. RECs enable the companies to make up for their carbon usage by purchasing renewable energy. The representative says that Apple is currently working towards covering all of its energy needs with its own solutions.
The company says that it currently has 25 renewable energy projects that are in operation across the globe, generating approximately 626 megawatts. It also says that there are also 15 additional projects that are coming, which in total will offer Apple 1.4 gigawatts of green energy production. They include the things that most people expect, such as wind farms and solar arrays, as well as some newer solutions such as micro-hydro systems and biogas fuel cells. Also the new Cupertino “spaceship” campus of the the company is entirely powered by renewable energy.
In a statement, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said:”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.
“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 on it.”