Apple has put up an update of its environmental policy, noting that the California based company has achieved 100% renewable energy at all of its data centres. Its corporate facilities derive 75% of their energy from renewable resources, up from 35% only 2 years ago.
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The move towards sustainable energy was an attempt to address concerns from Green Peace, who last year criticized the global giant. While Greenpeace’s ratings were based on assumptions and bad data,
Apple took the complaint in stride, with public statements about its energy plans and usage.
Apple’s update showed how the company views renewable resources as more than just good business:
[…”Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. So we’re investing in our own onsite energy production, establishing relationships with suppliers to procure renewable energy off the grid, and reducing our energy needs even as our employee base grows.
Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.”…]
Apple’s own estimates are that it produced 30.9 million metric tons of Greenhouse gases last year, with 98% of those emissions directly related to its products life cycles.
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