Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - March 6, 2019
Apple reports supply chain milestones
Apple reported it has secured 3.9 gigawatts in clean energy through its own investments and commitments from suppliers, on the way to a goal of 4 gigawatts – one-third of the energy needed to make Apple products – by 2020. Since implementing its Clean Energy Program in 2015, 30 suppliers have made commitments to 100% renewable energy for Apple production.
“Ultimately, our combined efforts will help to reduce product-related carbon emissions, create a more resilient supply chain, and contribute to healthier communities — while also paving the way for others to follow,” said the company upon the release of Apple’s 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report
“In everything we do, people come first,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and our suppliers because we are committed to the people who make our products possible as well as the planet we all share. Working alongside our suppliers, we're challenging ourselves to find new ways to keep our planet healthy for future generations. Our goal has always been not just to drive progress in our supply chain, but to drive meaningful change across the industry.”
The report also noted that Apple has worked with suppliers to reduce GHG emissions by more than 466,000 annualized metric tons through its Energy Efficiency Program, which works with high-energy use suppliers to assess and identify areas where energy waste — and the carbon that comes with it — can be reduced. Since 2015, 85 facilities have participated in the program with in-depth energy assessments are conducted to identify areas for improvement at supplier facilities. Suppliers are encouraged to invest in energy-saving technologies and infrastructure, such as lighting upgrades and motion sensors, processed heating and cooling, and compressed air. The assessments provide suppliers with a cost-benefit analysis of the potential return on their investment for implementing energy efficiency improvements.