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Apple Is Now 100% Globally Powered by Renewable Energy

11 April 2018
Apple Is Now 100% Globally Powered by Renewable Energy

Apple announced on Monday that its entire global business is fueled by 100 percent clean energy.

"We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it", said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Similarly, Apple Stores connected to municipal power grids that are not 100% renewable energy can not determine the source of the energy used. China's investment in renewable energy-excluding large hydro projects-rose 30% compared with 2016, and was more than three times of that of the United States, whose investment in the sector dropped 6% from 2016 to $40.5 billion past year. Apple says once complete, over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation will span across 11 countries. 286 megawatts of this renewable power comes from solar PV generation that went online in 2017. It is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America that brings together solar, biogas, batteries, and a microgrid controller to keep everything playing nicely together to meet the energy needs of the facility. While becoming 100% dependent on clean energy at its facilities is an achievement, environmental experts said the bigger challenge will be making the manufacturers of the more than 200 million iPhones and 43 million iPads it sells annually wholly dependent on renewable energy.

Global investment in renewable energy held steady over past year, with over $US200 billion invested. This covers the company's operations around the world, such as their retail stores, offices, and data centers.

Although it hasn't been shouting about it at every opportunity, for the past six years Apple has been quietly working behind-the-scenes to make the company as green as it possibly can. Apple, meanwhile, arguably has shown more of a commitment to generating green energy on its own, as demonstrated at its new campus.

China first overtook the USA in new renewable energy investment in 2009 (p.14), but the gap between the two only amounted to $14 billion at that time. Now that the organization has reached this ambitious target, Apple product suppliers are being encouraged to transition to clean power as well.

Global chemicals major Arkema, a designer of high-performance bio-based polymers, which manufactures high-performance materials for Apple at its facilities in France, the United States and China. Speak your thoughts on the news from Apple below and stay tuned for more on this coming soon. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release. The technology giant also points out that 23 of suppliers have now made similar commitments to procuring energy from renewable sources. Suppliers located in China and elsewhere with no access to clean energy do not operate on energy created by wind or solar farms, claim reports.

Taiyo Ink Mfg. Co, which produces solder masks for printed circuit boards in Japan.