Apple, Nike Launch Clean Energy Procurement Academy - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  November 3, 2023

Apple, Nike Launch Clean Energy Procurement Academy

Apple, Nike and several other companies launched the Clean Energy Procurement Academy to equip companies with knowledge and capabilities to adopt more clean energy.

Supply chain emissions account for over 50% of global GHG emissions and can represent the majority of a company’s total carbon footprint.

The two companies started the project through the Clean Energy Buyers Institute (CEBI). Other companies joined, including Amazon, Meta, PepsiCo, and REI Co-op, as founding organizations to plan and execute the Academy. 

“To address the climate crisis, we need to act quickly to expand access to clean energy around the world. Businesses can help drive that change,” said Sarah Chandler, Apple’s Vice President of Environment and Supply Chain Innovation, in a statement. “As we make progress to ensure every Apple product is carbon neutral by 2030, we will continue to work closely with our global suppliers to support their transition to renewable energy. We’re proud to collaborate with CEBA and others to expand those efforts beyond our supply chain and across industries.”

The goal of the Academy is to speed up the integration of clean energy into global supply chains. There will be in-person and online training, plus educational resources to:

  • Boost supply chain companies’ capacity to invest in renewable energy through education and data accessibility,
  • Foster synergy among different industries tackling shared challenges in supply chain climate action,
  • Encourage supply chain companies to escalate their renewable energy goals and commitments and
  • Establish new renewable energy buying communities in pivotal manufacturing regions.

The companies started the Academy to build the capacity of select supply chain partners in energy markets that contribute material volumes of GHG gas emissions. The founding organizations pooled their expertise and internal training resources to design a shared training curriculum and delivery processes that enable trainees to rapidly mature as clean energy customers. 

The Clean Energy Procurement Academy is also supported by the We Mean Business Coalition and will inform curated insights to support more energy customer companies, supply chain partners and geographies. Through the collaborative efforts of these corporations and suppliers, the initiative aims to rapidly advance clean energy procurement, address Scope 3 emissions, and decarbonize global supply chains.

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