Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Apple’s zero-carbon vendor doubles

Apple said Wednesday that it has more than doubled the number of clean energy suppliers, fulfilling its promise to create a fully carbon-neutral supply chain by 2030.

The announcement comes just days before the start of COP26, a major climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Tech companies were particularly loud in their commitment to clean energy ahead of the conference. Amazon, which plans to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2040, said it has added 86 members to its climate coalition. Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, which has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 2030, touted the opening of a climate-friendly campus.

Apple, which claims its own operations are already carbon-neutral, is pushing suppliers to follow suit. Over the past year, 175 suppliers in the US, Europe and Asia have switched to renewable energy, according to the company. The shift avoids 18 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of removing four million cars from the road, Apple said.

The company is also adding 10 projects to its Power of Impact initiative, which delivers clean energy to communities with limited resources. Apple is working with the Sioux tribes in the US to develop renewable energy sources. Other projects are based in Colombia, Israel, Nigeria and South Africa.

Apple said it has cut carbon emissions by 40% over the past five years. The company is also trying to use more recycled materials in its manufacturing process – such as gold, aluminum and cobalt, which require intensive coal mining.

“We are acting urgently and we are acting together,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “But time is not a renewable resource and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.”

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