Apple Supplier Ibiden Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in Japan

Apple announced today in a press release that Ibiden, a Japanese component supplier, has pledged to power all its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy.

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With the Japanese company planning to invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in the island nation, Ibiden has become the first company in Japan to guarantee all of its Apple manufacturing will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

In order to deal with Japan‘s lack of development space due to the island’s rocky terrain, Ibiden is building a floating ‘island’ solar photovoltaic system that is being constructed on a converted lumber yard. This will allow Ibiden to circumvent the space problem in an innovative and effective way.

Apple is making a concerted effort to become a leader in sustainability. The tech giant says that in 2015, 93 percent of its energy came from renewable sources, while more than 99 percent of the paper used in its packaging is either sustainable or recycled.

“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

“As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources, and set an example for other companies to follow,” Jackson added.

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