Apple goes green 2030 and now claims the title “Carbon Neutral.” The only missing key now for its flagship iPhone to be labelled the same is the go signal from Taiwan.
According to the company’s Environmental Progress Report. Over three-quarters of the released emissions coming from the production of Apple’s own ubiquitous products directly come from their outside suppliers.
This includes electronics giants from Taiwan like Foxconn and TSMC, which still receive about 90% of their power coming from sources that are non-renewable.
The firms are slowly changing by installing solar panels as well as buying power from certain offshore wind farms.
This is all in line with the companies plan of being completely carbon-neutral by 2030.
Apple goes green 2030
The pressure of climate pressure is undeniably increasing not just from activists, but also from the company’s very own supply chains.
The director for transitional energy practice at the consultancy Wood Mackenzie Ltd., Prakash Sharma gave a statement.
According to Mr Sharma, Apple and other companies are pushing to meet the Paris climate targets by being able to decarbonize their very own footprints and create a precondition for both their partners and suppliers to convert to renewable energy.
More and more companies are slowly moving towards that direction.
Currently, there are 71 out of Apple’s hundreds of suppliers that have pledged to complete renewable energy.
The suppliers use about 8 gigawatts worth of energy. This is more than the maximum power demand of entire Singapore.
Once fully completed, the total commitments will avoid a major 14.3 million metric tons of harmful greenhouse gases per year.
This is as effective as taking 3 million cars off the road every single year.
Taiwan’s Importance in this Shift
The Taiwanese companies among Apple’s suppliers make a huge portion because of their dominance of sectors.
This is also due to the possibility of contract manufacturing as well as made-to-order semiconductors.
Linchpins of Apple’s own manufacturing major end include the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
The company makes cutting-edge chips exclusively for Apple’s very own iPhones and iPads in Taiwan.
Another company the Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which is also known as the Foxconn, assembles over 100 million iPhones per year.
Both firms have agreed to join the Apple Goes Green 2030 by promising to switch to renewable energy.
Both wind and solar power are potential cheap fossil fuel alternatives, but the problem is that they don’t produce 24 hours per day.
This results in it becoming not completely feasible for the factories to operate as completely on renewable sources alone.
This might change with the possible battery improvements but currently, Apple is still not pushing suppliers towards that direction.
Apple goes green 2030 pushes suppliers to invest in a significant amount of renewable energy within their home region to completely cover the power use.
This way, despite the rare but very real requirement for coal-riled electricity perhaps in the middle of the night, the investment the factories have made in the wind or solar power would minimize the need for burning coal.