Apple Says It is Now Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy Worldwide [u]


Apple has announced today its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy, which includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries, which includes the U.S., UK, China and India.

The company also says nine more manufacturing partners have committed to power all Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, taking the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

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“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a press release. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

Apple says it currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects globally, which total 626 megawatts of generation capacity, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming this year, its highest ever in a year; 15 more projects are under construction. Apple says once complete, over 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation will span across 11 countries.

The company says since 2011, their renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent from its worldwide facilities, and stopped almost 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from the atmosphere.

Apple also detailed a variety of renewable energy projects, which include over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across six provinces in China. While in Singapore, Apple says it adapted to the nation state’s tiny footprint and installed solar panels on the rooftops of 800 buildings.

According to Apple, these green energy projects are “part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment.”

Update: Fast Company has an exclusive interview with Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson. The piece is lengthy and covers the history of Apple’s green initiatives:

“If you look at our trajectory, for the last couple of years we’ve been close to 100%,” she says. “It’s just four percent more, but it’s four percent done the right way. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release. Like our products, we sweat the details, we have pretty strict standards, and we prefer to wait and meet our standards than to rush and make a claim.”


  • Kirk


  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Good, now pay your taxes so others can afford to do likewise.

    Or better yet, donate the amount of the taxes you would have paid to fixing bridges or whatever to bring our taxes back down to what they would have been. I’d rather spend money on renewable energy instead of paying taxes too.

  • BeaveVillage

    20 years ago, Apple was using money from Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation to get themselves out of a heap of trouble. It’s absolutely incredible the leaps and bounds they’ve made since 2001’s iPod, 2007’s iPhone, and 2010’s iPad.

    Now keep it up.

  • Tim

    I’d have to look into more closely to be sure, but one possible way this isn’t as awesome as it sounds (though it is indeed “good”), is that if they’re operating on renewable utility power in some areas, their comparatively large draw may be forcing utilities to buy fossil fuel based options to continue to meet capacity for other clients. It’s one thing to buy up all the renewable energy and say you’re “green”, but if that puts pressure on infrastructure to the point you need to build more or obtain more power from dirtier sources, then it still has an impact.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    well… i suppose apple can’t deliver their iphones using storks yet, they may still need aircrafts and ships, ports and airports, trucks and vans to deliver to our door step or to the stores. uhmmm….