Environmental concerns have been at the forefront of Apple’s latest initiatives. Today, the tech giant announced that they have doubled the number of suppliers committed to 100% clean energy goals, bringing the total to 44 at present.
With this, the manufacturer is slated to exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy to its supply chain by 2020.
Apple’s own facilities worldwide are currently powered by 100% renewable energy, but much of the environmental strain comes from the company’s extensive supply chain, with manufacturing making up about 74% of its carbon footprint.
Of these suppliers are Hon Hai Precision Industry subsidiary Foxconn, which is Apple’s main iPhone subcontractor, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), which produces the company’s A-series chips that power its iOS mobile devices.
Apple’s extensive supplier education and support initiatives have been key to this success. The Clean Energy Portal, which allows suppliers to identify renewable energy sources around the world, has seen more than 100 corporate registrations. Last year, an all-new initiative to finance renewable energy projects in China has also been launched alongside ten of its suppliers.
“We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.
The company’s fully allocated US$2.5 billion in Green Bonds has also come to fruition, with 40 environmental initiatives spearheaded around the world. These have not only enabled the company to achieve 100% renewable energy consumption, but amongst other achievements, the creation of a custom alloy that utilises 100% recycled aluminium, which debuted in the latest MacBook Air and Mac mini last year.
Apart from Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn) and TSMC, the other companies that have recently achieved 100% recycled energy consumption are: Advanced International Multitech, Arkema, AT&S, Bemis Associates, Biel Crystal (HK) Manufactory Ltd., BOE, Catcher Technology, Compal Electronics, Corning Incorporated, COSMO, DSM Engineering Plastics, ECCO Leather, Fastway Creation, Finisar, Goertek, Golden Arrow, H.B. Fuller, Ibiden, Jabil, LEALEA Enterprise, Lens Technology, Lishen, Luxshare-ICT, Mega Precision, Nidec, Pegatron, Primax Group, Qorvo, Quadrant, Quanta Computer, RRD, RyPax, SanHuan, SDK, Solvay, STMicroelectronics, Sunway Communication, Sunwoda Electronics, Taiyo Ink Mfg. Co., tesa SE, Wistron and Yuto.