The private sector is embracing emerging trends in sustainability and transforming their spaces into environmental wonders. Most recently, Apple has announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy. The tech behemoth has accomplished this via a mix of solar, wind, hydrogen, and other clean energy sources. More specifically, these global facilities include stores, offices, and data centers.
“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 on it.”
A key thing to keep in mind while considering this milestone is that the vast majority of Apple’s environmental footprint comes from manufacturing. Apple’s network of suppliers across China, Japan, the Netherlands, France, and the US has an enormous environmental footprint.
With this in mind; Apple has made it a point to work with business partners who share the same sustainable values. 23 of Apple’s suppliers are now committed to operating on 100 percent renewable energy – according to the company press release. No further details were announced about when and how Apple’s supplies were going to reach the 100 percent clean energy target.
Apple isn’t the only tech company announcing progress on renewable energy initiatives. Google was one of the first corporate movers on renewables. Google says, in 2017 for every kilowatt-hour of electricity it consumed, it also purchased a kilowatt-hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm via power purchase agreements. Google’s businesses are far more dependent on internet services than Apple’s, as such they require far more energy to operate all its data centers around the world.
Other major tech firms working towards renewable energy goals include Facebook and Amazon. Facebook says it exceeded its goal of powering its data centers with 25% renewable energy and now is working toward 50% by the end of 2018. Amazon Web Services is working toward 100% green energy for its data centers, announcing it had passed the 40% mark in 2016.