Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - April 17, 2017
Apple continues work with suppliers on clean energy
As Apple Inc. continues to focus on driving sustainability throughout its supply chain, three new companies have committed to using 100% renewable energy to manufacture iPhone parts, Bloomberg News reported April 13.
Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president in charge of sustainability and government affairs, told Bloomberg Television that Compal Electronics Inc., Sunwoda Electronic Co. and Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd. recently joined four other Apple suppliers in making the pledge. Apple itself, Jackson said is powering its global operations with 96% renewable energy sources.
"We look at our carbon footprint as so much more than just our office, our data centers, our stores, even our distribution centers,'' Jackson told Bloomberg Television. "All that's included in our 96%, but now we're moving onto our supply chain.''
The former EPA head also said Apple will uphold its commitment to clean energy and its climate goals regardless of any rollbacks or loosening of environmental policy under the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg, Apple and its suppliers expect to generate more than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy by the end of 2018.
"One thing this administration has made clear is that they want to hear from business and so we're going to do everything we can to make our values known,'' Jackson told Bloomberg.
Apple, alongside other major tech corporations such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, continue to support Obama-era environmental policies, such as the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, that the Trump administration has promised to dismantle or weaken.
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