Apple convinced more than 15 of its suppliers including Foxconn and TSMC in order to build Apple products using 100 percent clean energy. The number of suppliers now in the program is up to 44, the company says it now expects to exceed the goal of using four gigawatts of renewable energy in its supply chain by 2020 by an additional gigawatt.
“Four gigawatts is about a third of our energy use, so as we pass 5, we’re moving towards a place where we can say almost half of our supply chain is committed to Apple production being 100% renewable,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives told in an interview.
In April 2018, Apple announced that now its facilities will completely run on renewable energy. Later in October, the company said that it had achieved the same goal for its retail location. As per CNBC reported, Apple owned facilities only accounts for a quarter of its carbon footprint. The other 74 percent comes from its factory partners.
“A few years ago we said we wanted to start working on supplier clean energy, and our goal would be 4 gigawatts of new clean energy projects up and running by 2020. We’re still on track to meet that goal,” said Jackson.
Today’s announcement said that Foxconn, TSMC and other supplies are committed to the renewable goal. Apple own firms like offices, stores, and data centers, currently run on renewable energy since 2018. The manufacturing comprises 74 percent of the carbon footprint, it is carried out by independent suppliers who own and operate their factories.
“Our goal in working with these suppliers is to help them do this economically, this is their full-time business, so this can be done in a way that can make good business sense,” Jackson said. “I think everyone wants to know that doesn’t impact their bottom line, so we have worked with them, because they are energy intensive, especially TSMC, to find ways they felt comfortable making the commitment,” she continued.
Apple environmental aims have always remained a matter of concern. Like in 2014 one of Apple’s shareholder raised concerns about Apple’s environmental initiatives. But these objections were later rejected by the company as a whole.