Equivalent to taking almost a 500,000 cars off the road annually, say Apple.
Everything Apple owns, from data centers to retail stores, is now powered with clean energy. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the move is the culmination of years of work, and a significant milestone for the tech giant.
According to a statement released by Apple, every facility Apple owns in the 43 countries it operates from , including the US, UK, China and India, now has its power needs met by sustainable energy.
“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. “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.”
Long term plan
The news from Apple shouldn’t come as any major surprise to anyone who has followed Apple in recent years. Trying to obtain all its power needs from green sources has been a long term plan. In 2014, the company moved the last of its data centers to 100 percent renewable energy.
As well as that, since 2011, all of Apple’s renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by a huge 54 percent from its facilities worldwide and prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere.
It’s not just the company that is making greener choices. Apple also announced today that 23 of its suppliers have taken advantage of help Apple have provided and are themselves now fully committed to operating on 100 percent renewable energy. That figure also applies to nine new suppliers.
Altogether, clean energy from supplier projects helped avoid over 1.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted in 2017.