Tech giant Apple has disclosed that 100% of the energy it uses now comes from renewable sources. The iPhone maker has reached this goal by purchasing green energy bonds as well as other investments in the renewable energy sector for its physical infrastructure and supply chain. Two years ago Apple achieved the last milestone of having 93% of its operations across the globe run on clean energy.
However there are some places where Apple does not use 100% renewable energy technically and this includes China. With Apple’s retail outlets which use power supplied by power grids that are owned by municipalities for instance the tech giant cannot reliably use renewable energy once power enters the grid since it is impossible to determine its cleanliness or source.
Renewable Energy Certificates
In order to compensate for that the iPhone maker buys RECs – Renewable Energy Certificates. These are tradable commodities which offer guarantees regarding how clean a source of energy is. Apple has also made investments in clean energy facilities generating power from solar or wind across the world by building its own sources of energy. Additionally the largest company in the world by market capitalization makes sure that the new plants and offices that are constructed run on electricity that is 100% clean. An example of this is the Apple Park campus which was opened recently. The excess clean energy that is generated by these facilities is put back into the grid for use by others.
According to Apple its approach towards clean energy is different in the sense that it invests in its energy projects and has done this to meet more than 60% of its global energy needs. When building own generation is not feasible Apple enters into long-term contracts for the purchase of renewable energy and in the process offering support to new local projects which meet its robust principles with regards to sourcing clean energy.
For the future Apple intends to ensure that every manufacturing facility, data center, officer or store runs on 100% renewable energy in the 43 countries that it currently operates in. Currently it cannot be achieved due to a dependency on regional utility monopolies and electric grids in some manufacturing facilities such as those in China.
“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. We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible,” saidthe chief executive officer of Apple, Tim Cook, in a statement.