Apple has announced that it will exceed its goal of introducing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by next year. It comes after the iPhone maker managed to almost double the number of suppliers who have opted to use green energy to produce Apple products. Some notable suppliers that are involved include Hon Hai Precision (better known as Foxconn), TSMC, and Pegatron.
The announcement means that 44 Apple suppliers have pledged to use green energy when it comes to dealing with Apple products. Discussing the development, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said:
“Every time one of our suppliers joins us in our efforts to address climate change, we move closer to a better future for the next generation. We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible. While we are proud of our announcement today, we won’t stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally.”
Apple has had this as one of its goals for several years now. Back in 2017, when Neowin reported that the firm plans to use 100% recycled materials, Apple had already stated then that it wanted there to be 4 gigawatts of renewable energy available by 2020.
In addition, Apple said that it has expanded its supplier education and support initiatives via the Apple Clean Energy Portal, a site which more than 100 of its suppliers are already signed up to. In order to further grow renewable energy projects in China, Apple, with 10 of its suppliers, have created a fund to help finance projects in the country.
Last year, Apple announced several green initiatives for Earth Day. The event is set to take place on April 22 so Apple could again announce more programs to raise awareness of environmental issues.