Ibiden, a Japanese component maker, will use 100 percent renewable energy to create the products that it sells to Apple.
The announcement, which was made yesterday by Apple, says that Ibiden will build more than 20 renewable energy facilities to meet the goal. Among them, the press release says, will be one of the largest floating photovoltaic systems in Japan.
Ibiden’s energy initiative is expected to provide more than 12 MW of energy. That exceeds Apple’s needs. The excess will be returned to the grid. CNBC, in its story on the announcement, noted Apple’s broader energy efforts:
The tech giant says that in 2015, 93 percent of its energy came from renewable sources, while more than 99 percent of the paper used in its packaging is either sustainable or recycled.
Apple is looking to have a positive impact outside its own products and services. A year ago, Apple issued the first of its Green Bonds. It is, according to Apple Insider, a $1.5 billion investment program aimed at projects that will address the impact of humans on climate change. The site says that $441.5 million so far has been invested.