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Apple said yesterday it had achieved its goal of powering all of the company's facilities with renewable energy, a milestone that includes all of its data centres, offices and retail stores in 43 countries.

Reaching 100 percent renewables has been a years-long mission.

There are some technicalities in terms of the "100pc" renewable figures.

Apple's environment VP Lisa Jackson discussed the news in an interview with Fast Company.

Apple has just turned greener.

Previous year almost half of the world's new renewable energy investment of $279.8 billion (pdf, p.11) came from China, according to a report published April 5 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the sustainable energy finance center run by the United Nations Environment Program and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Its data centers are flanked by fields of solar panels.

Still, around 26% of the country's total electricity production (link in Chinese) came from renewables, which is better than the 12% figure for the world as a whole. It has signed power purchase agreements in Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico and Turkey. The new Apple Park in Cupertino, California is also a model of sustainability, and reportedly the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America.

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Apple also invests in other clean energy projects around the globe and the firm has 25 such projects in operation.

Besides Apple, major American corporations like Wal-Mart and Alphabet have brought renewable energy in massive forms, helping wind and solar industries to propel.

In total, 23 Apple suppliers have now made a renewables commitment.

Acknowledging that the move to 100% renewable energy takes time and significant effort, Apple established the Apple Clean Energy Portal, which is an online platform that the company developed to help suppliers identify commercially viable renewable energy solutions in regions around the world.

Apple's 50MW solar farm, east of Apple's data centre in Mesa, Arizona. Apple contributes to the power grid in even absolute amounts to what it uses.

In regard to the supply chain, the story is not as clean. This is up from 14 in 2016 and includes names like Finisar and Pegatron, a key iPhone assembler.

Luxshare-ICT, a supplier of accessories for Apple products.


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