Apple announces plans to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 - Climate

Apple announces plans to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 - Climate

The 10-year Apple roadmap will lower emissions with a series of innovative actions.

To help stop climate change, Apple will make its entire supply chain carbon neutral by 2030, the company announced on Tuesday.

Apple hasn't said how much the accelerator will allocate in funding toward addressing the climate crisis, but the effort is part of Apple's larger $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative announced in June.

In addition, Apple is building robots that can disassemble iPhones to recover and rare-earth minerals for recycling in new products, the release said.

According to its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, Apple cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 million metric tons past year, and its products use 73% less energy than they did over a decade ago.

"I am happy to see that Apple has worked with suppliers to source actual renewable energy and that it has not relied on low-impact solutions like offsetting or renewable energy credits", said Greenpeace USA's senior corporate campaigner, Elizabeth Jardim.

The company is now extending its efforts to the hundreds or thousands of suppliers that help build Apple products.

"Climate action", Cook added, "can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth". The company has coupled renewables integration with improvements to energy efficiency. Apple is proving that the biggest business in the world have the power to make that happen.

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Companies can produce carbon emissions but still be carbon neutral by producing excess carbon-free energy, using carbon removal, buying carbon credits, or otherwise offsetting the amount of carbon they produce.

"Systemic racism and climate change are not separate issues, and they will not abide separate solutions", said Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives for Apple, in a statement.

Apple also seems to identify solutions to decrease the usage of energy resources which will eventually decrease the production cost as well.

But the question still remains, can Apple really reduce its carbon emissions?

Other tech companies are also trying to reduce their carbon footprint. The tech giant is pledging to focus on lowering the carbon footprint numbers of its products.

The plan also includes partnerships with the Conservation Fund, the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International to restore degraded forests in China, the United States, Colombia and Kenya.

Meanwhile Amazon has a target of 2040 to become carbon neutral, while Google, which relies on wind power to support operations at its data centres, has already been carbon neutral for 12 years. Apple's more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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