Apple Joins RE100
September 21, 2016
Apple has joined global renewable
energy initiative RE100, reaffirming its commitment to reaching 100
percent renewable energy worldwide and pledging to work with the
initiative to drive clean energy into the manufacturing supply chain.
A new solar project will supply
Apple’s data center in Arizona with renewable energy.
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president
for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, announced the membership
today during remarks at Climate Week in New York City, and shared
additional progress the company is making toward its clean energy goals.
"Apple is committed to running on 100
percent renewable energy, and we’re happy to stand beside other
companies that are working toward the same effort,” said Jackson. “We’re
excited to share the industry-leading work we've been doing to drive
renewable energy into the manufacturing supply chain, and look forward
to partnering with RE100 to advocate for clean-energy policies around
Apple is already powering its operations in the US, China and 21 other
countries with 100 percent renewable energy; and, in 2015, powered 93
percent of its operations around the world with renewable energy.
The company continues to invest in high-quality, clean energy projects
to help it meet and maintain its goal, and Jackson announced today that
Apple has completed construction on its latest renewable energy project
— a 50-megawatt solar farm in Arizona. Apple worked with local utility
Salt River Project on the solar array, which will provide renewable
power to Apple's global command data center in Mesa, Arizona. That’s
equal to the energy use of over 12,000 Arizona homes.
Jackson also shared significant updates on the company’s work to help
its manufacturing partners make the same transition to clean power that
Apple has, announcing renewable energy commitments from major suppliers.
the heels of Apple supplier Lens Technology’s clean energy commitment
announced last month, Solvay Specialty Polymers, which supplies Apple
with antenna bands for iPhone, also made a new commitment, pledging 100
percent renewable energy for all Apple production. This covers 14
manufacturing facilities across 8 countries by the end of 2018.
Catcher Technology, one of
Apple’s largest aluminum enclosure suppliers, also is targeting 100
percent renewable power for its production of Apple goods by the end of
2018, leading to an emission reduction of nearly 600,000 metric tons a
Altogether, Apple suppliers' commitments to-date will represent over 1.5
billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy used in the
manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018, equal to the amount
of electricity consumed by over 1 million Chinese homes.