On a High Note: Apple Supply Chain Doubles Down on Clean Energy

Apple Doubles Down on Clean Energy

Apple announced last Thursday that the clean energy use by its suppliers has doubled over the past year, preventing 13.9 million metric tons of carbon emissions -- the equivalent of removing three million cars from the roads in a year. In its effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, Apple has already reduced its carbon emissions by 40% in the last five years. Now, it’s taking an additional step to address its largest source of emissions -- its supply chain.

As atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases rise, many firms and corporations have made pledges to curb operational carbon footprints, but their promises and actions don’t always align. But that’s not the case with Apple. Beyond its corporate pledges, the company has also created a Power for Impact program that provides access to renewable energy for communities affected by climate change so that energy savings can be reinvested back into those same communities.

"Every company should be a part of the fight against climate change," Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "and together with our suppliers and local communities, we're demonstrating all of the opportunity and equity green innovation can bring."

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