Three More Apple Suppliers Take the ‘100% Renewables’ Pledge

Three more Apple suppliers have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy to manufacture components for the Cupertino, California-based technology titan, an executive of the company told Bloomberg Technology on April 13.

Taiwan-based Compal Electronics; Shenzhen City, China-based Sunwoda Electronics; and Hong Kong-based Biel Crystal Manufactory have made the pledge – bringing the total number of Apple suppliers promising to use renewable power exclusively to seven, the company’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson said in an interview with the business news outlet.

Apple, itself, now sources 96 percent of its energy from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, Jackson claimed.

“We look at our carbon footprint as so much more than just our office, our data centers, our stores – even our distribution centers,” Jackson told Bloomberg. “All that’s included in our 96 percent, but now we’re moving on to our supply chain.”

Indeed, she said, Apple is sticking by climate pledges made under former U.S. President Barack Obama, even as the new POTUS relaxes and rescinds some environmental regulations. Jackson served as head of the Environmental Protection Agency during Obama’s first presidential term, from 2009 through 2013.

“One thing this administration has made clear is that they want to hear from business and so we’re going to do everything we can to make our values known,” Jackson commented to Bloomberg.

Apple aims to use only renewable energy to power its facilities, and already does so in 24 countries including the United States, Jackson also said.

What’s more, Apple and its suppliers expect to generate over 2.5 billion kWh annually of clean energy by the end of 2018, the company stated last month, in announcing that component supplier Ibiden would be the first company in Japan to make the 100 percent clean power pledge.

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