Apple announced that their facilities are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy. Manufacturing isn't all there yet, but the company claims to have an additional nine manufacturing partners promising to power its facilities by 100 per cent renewable energy - increasing the total to 23.
Cook pledged: "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". As Apple put it, "To get to 100 percent renewable energy for its own facilities, the company worked to set an example for others to follow".
The company now has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626MW of generation capacity. The exploring the utilization of energy sources from solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems, energy storage technologies and more.
Apple has been pursuing this goal of 100% renewable energy for its own operations for years, and to achieve it, Apple has gone to great lengths to develop and codevelop renewable energy generation throughout the world. This covers the company's operations around the world, such as their retail stores, offices, and data centers. At Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, a 17-megawatt solar panel installation on the roof and biogas fuel cells bring in clean energy.
Apple announces that its global facilities are powered with 100pc clean energy.
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Although Apple's green initiative has been praised by many, an article in Mashable said the fact that Apple doesn't change its position on replacing and repairing its electronic products and encourages more buy which means making more and more items that deplete energy and resources.
It's easy to see how a rollback of the Clean Power Plan could ultimately have an adverse effect on the company's bottom line.
In a positive turn for its global suppliers, those who have committed to using clean energy helped to prevent 1.5m metric tonnes of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017 - that's equal to taking more than 300,000 cars off the road.
Apple's products have created entire markets and categories with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad leading the charge into their respective categories, and the announcement today makes it clear that Apple continues to push the envelope with respect to renewable energy.