The Informer

Consumer electronics giant Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4GW of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020.

The company now expects its suppliers to be using 5GW of green power by the end of next year.

Forty-four suppliers have agreed to run their businesses on renewable energy, nearly double the number that had previously made the commitment.

Last year, Apple announced that its own facilities were already running on renewables.

Collaborations are key

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy & 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.”

In 2017 SmartestEnergy produced a report looking at the potential opportunity for companies to amplify their carbon reduction efforts by driving renewables through their supply chains.

Meanwhile Microsoft has signed a new five-year agreement to buy hydropower for its campuses in Washington.

The deal has been inked with the Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) for its Puget Sound campuses to be powered entirely by local hydro.

> Read Apple's announcement