Apple is committing to a 100% carbon neutral supply chain by 2030

Jul 22 2020, 12:33 pm

Apple is committing to being 100% carbon neutral in its supply chains and products by the year 2030.

While the company is already carbon neutral for its corporate emissions, their new 2030 goal for their supply chains is well ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change timeline — by 20 years to be exact.

The goal is that “every Apple product will have net zero climate impact,” reads a release from the tech giant.

“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” stated Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

“The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet — they’ve helped us make our products more energy-efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”

The business plan that will help achieve these goals was also detailed by Apple. It includes product design to focus on low carbon impact, the expansion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for corporate and manufacturing, material innovations, and the process of carbon removal.

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Apple and 10 of its suppliers in China are investing nearly $300 million to develop projects totalling 1 gigawatt of renewable energy / Apple Inc.

Additionally, Apple gave more details on its new Impact Accelerator, which is part of the company’s $100 million racial equity and justice initiatives, and how both the climate issues and racial injustice are part of the same fight.

“We’re proud of our environmental journey and the ambitious roadmap we have set for the future,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

“Systemic racism and climate change are not separate issues, and they will not abide separate solutions. We have a generational opportunity to help build a greener and more just economy, one where we develop whole new industries in the pursuit of giving the next generation a planet worth calling home.”

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