In a major stride toward its ambitious sustainability goals, Apple announced today that more than 300 of its manufacturing partners have committed to utilizing 100 percent clean energy for Apple product production by the year 2030.
This announcement signifies a significant step forward in Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program, with over 50 suppliers across the United States, Europe, and Asia joining the initiative.
Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program now encompasses more than 90 percent of the company’s direct manufacturing expenses, reaffirming Apple’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint. These actions align with Apple’s overarching objective of achieving carbon neutrality for all its products by 2030.
Sarah Chandler, Apple’s Vice President of Environment and Supply Chain Innovation, emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change, stating, “As we experience record temperatures and devastating storms, we all have an urgent responsibility to reduce emissions and protect against the worst impacts of climate change. At Apple, we’re proud that so many of our suppliers are taking action as we drive progress toward a carbon-neutral future.”
Having already achieved carbon neutrality in its global corporate operations since 2020, Apple’s 2030 strategy focuses on a science-based target to reduce emissions by 75 percent by the end of the decade. Manufacturing, the most significant contributor to the company’s carbon footprint, remains a central area of focus in this endeavor.
The adoption of 100 percent clean energy by suppliers operating in 28 countries has the potential to bring over 20 gigawatts of renewable energy online through Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program. Key additions to this initiative include Skyworks Solutions, Analog Devices, Cirrus Logic, and Renesas Electronics in the United States, and Jingmen GEM in China, a critical supplier of recycled materials used in Apple products. Furthermore, several European companies, such as Sappi Limited, LeMur, and Schoeller Textil AG, have recently joined, bringing the total number of participating suppliers to 34 in Europe alone.
Cupertino, CA-based Apple has been meticulously monitoring supplier progress in reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and, in 2022, urged suppliers to decarbonize their Apple production processes by 2030. The significant adoption of renewable electricity within Apple’s supply chain, totaling 13.7 gigawatts in 2022, prevented 17.4 million metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing nearly 3.8 million cars from the road. Many suppliers, with Apple’s support in identifying high-quality renewable energy sources, have also opted to extend their commitment to decarbonization beyond their Apple production.
Apple’s steadfast commitment to environmental responsibility has resulted in a remarkable reduction of overall emissions by more than 45 percent since 2015, all while experiencing business growth. The tech giant continues to invest in groundbreaking environmental approaches, including low-carbon product design, innovative recycling technologies, the establishment of the Restore Fund, and the issuance of $4.7 billion in Green Bonds.
For additional information on Apple’s environmental progress and its mission to achieve a sustainable future, please visit Apple’s Environmental Progress.