Apple Drives Forward with Supplier Clean Energy Commitments: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

Apple Advances Supplier Clean Energy Commitments: Apple has announced heightened progress in decarbonizing its global supply chain. Over 300 manufacturers have now pledged to use 100% clean energy for their Apple productions by 2030.

Recent growth in Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy program includes new commitments from over 50 suppliers across the US, Europe, and Asia, representing over 90% of Apple’s direct manufacturing spend. This development marks substantial strides toward Apple’s objective of being carbon-neutral across all products by 2030.

According to Sarah Chandler, Vice President of Environment and Supply Chain Innovation at Apple,

“As the world grapples with the consequences of climate change, we must act swiftly to reduce emissions and mitigate its effects. At Apple, we are inspired by the progress our suppliers have achieved in adopting clean energy.”

Since 2020, Apple has been carbon neutral in its global corporate operations. Its 2030 strategy involves a science-based target of reducing emissions by 75% by the end of the decade. In partnership with its global suppliers, Apple has focused on powering manufacturing processes with 100% clean energy, which accounts for the majority of the company’s carbon footprint, including the latest Apple Watch lineup.

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Through Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program, suppliers in 28 countries have committed to bringing over 20GW of renewable energy online. New partners in advanced manufacturing technologies include Skyworks Solutions, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, and others in the US, and Renesas Electronics in Japan. Participation among Korean suppliers has nearly tripled in the past year, while Chinese suppliers have seen a 30% increase. Companies in Europe, such as Sappi Limited, LeMur, and Schoeller Textil AG, have also joined the initiative, bringing the total number of participating suppliers to 34. Apple has been monitoring annual progress made by its suppliers towards lowering their Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions.

In the autumn of 2022, the corporation urged its suppliers to eliminate emissions produced during Apple device manufacturing processes by 2030. Thanks to initiatives backed by Apple, 13.7 gigawatts of renewable power were already implemented within its supply network in 2022, which reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 17.4 million tonnes – comparable to taking 3.8 million vehicles off the road.

As a consequence of further green energy research funded by Apple, several companies have opted to minimize their ecological impact above and beyond the levels required for Apple’s production. Due to these concerted endeavors, Apple has so far achieved a reduction of more than 45% in its total emissions since 2015, despite experiencing significant growth.

The organization remains committed to environmentally responsible practices through novel strategies such as eco-friendly production techniques, advanced waste management systems, the Restore Fund, and expenditures amounting to $4.7 billion in Green Bonds. More detailed information regarding Apple’s sustainability achievements can be accessed via their website, apple.com/2030.

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Apple Drives Forward with Supplier Clean Energy Commitments: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

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