Apple says it is advancing its public plan to be completely carbon neutral by 2030, signing up suppliers to the plan and launching new green projects.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, policy and social initiatives Granthshala That the company’s hopes of becoming completely carbon neutral in less than 10 years remains an “extremely ambitious goal” and is continuing to work on its plans to make sure it stays on track.
Apple is already carbon neutral in its own operations, but announced last year that it would ensure this was implemented through its supply chain. By 2030, every product sold will have a net-zero climate impact, and Ms. Jackson said Apple is continuing to work toward that goal.
“It will require a lot of work and focus to make sure we get it done and that we are on track,” she said. “But we don’t intend to take our eyes off the horizon for even a second – because it requires that level of commitment.”
In its latest announcements, Apple announced that it has more than doubled the number of suppliers using 100 percent clean energy over the past year. This brings the company to a total of 175 Apple suppliers as well, which equates to more than 9 gigawatts worldwide.
Apple also said it has added 10 new projects to its “Power for Impact” initiative, which will bring clean energy solutions to communities around the world, aimed at helping renewable energy pour into underserved communities.
Apple’s announcements come ahead of the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, which environmentalists hope could lead to major announcements on climate goals. But as the conference draws to a close, many have sounded the alarm that progress between governments has stalled.
Ms Jackson said that while the government has a role, business can and should “lead the way”. This would require companies to see the full impacts of their products, he said, in line with Apple’s commitment to ensuring that its carbon neutrality applies not only to its own operations but to the full supply chain. Is.
“You have to look at your products,” she said. “You know, if your product is a fossil fuel, you have to look at the emissions associated with fossil fuels; with our products, which are our hardware, software, and services, we need to look at the emissions associated with them so that we can move beyond our limits. You can see your customers, far away from your supply chain.
“I never lose hope, because I see examples of leadership in the work that we and others are doing. But I also think that we have to hold people accountable for what they do with their words. And This is a big challenge for the business.”
Ms Jackson said the new projects, including initiatives to bring clean energy to underserved people, came from the recognition that communities at the center of renewable projects are often left out of them. He said it would have been possible for Apple to do this through the usual system of renewable energy certificates, but the projects were a way to “turn our need for clean energy into a community benefit.”
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a statement, “Every company should be part of the fight against climate change, and together with our suppliers and local communities, we are demonstrating all the opportunities and equity green innovation can bring “
“We are acting with urgency, and we are working together. But time is not a renewable resource, and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /