“The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet, they’ve helped us make our products more energy-efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world.” CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, stated in a recent announcement regarding Apple’s plan to become carbon-neutral by the following decade. There are of course adjustments to its entire supply chain, as well as the lifecycle of all its products, which are needed for the company to reach its goal of zero-carbon emission by 2030. The company is planning to switch to using recycled materials and develop new manufacturing techniques, like carbon-free aluminum smelting for low-carbon product designs.
One significant implementation that is made possible by large-scale projects that provide 1GW capacity to Apple’s corporate operations will certainly be the use of renewable energy, and according to Apple’s 2020 environmental progress report, most of the initiative will be achieved by cutting out carbon emissions, while the remaining 25% will be handled through “carbon removal solutions,” like forest planting in Colombia, China, Kenya, and the US. Cook added: “Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”