Every Single Apple Store And Corporate Office Now Runs On 100 Percent Renewable Energy

This might be the tech giant's biggest innovation yet.

Apple has made a name for itself based on its innovative technological products. Now, as clean and sustainable energy becomes more and more in vogue — and more crucial for both the environment and the economy —the tech giant just announced another big move. Each of Apple's facilities across the world, including its stores and data centers, now run on 100 percent renewable energy.


The announcement, made on April 8, is the culmination of a six-year effort by the company that included hiring former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson as the vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives. Jackson's presence showed that the company' commitment to the environment was serious business. In fact, according to Fast Company, with Jackson on board, the company went from only having 16 percent of its facilities being powered by renewable energy in 2013 to 93 percent in 2015 and 96 percent in 2016.

"If you look at our trajectory, for the last couple of years we've been close to 100%," she told Fast Company about the company's progress. "It's just four percent more, but it's four percent done the right way. So this announcement feels like a classic Apple product release. Like our products, we sweat the details, we have pretty strict standards, and we prefer to wait and meet our standards than to rush and make a claim."

In addition to moving all of its facilities to clean energy, the company also committed 23 of its suppliers to using renewable energy sources. The company's efforts have managed to impress the likes of environmental activists like former United States Vice President Al Gore, who tweeted out his approval, writing, "Apple is proving the business case for reducing GHG emissions and simultaneously reducing energy costs." He further elaborated on his excitement about the development to Fast Company in a statement. 

"It is proving the business case that well-managed companies can reduce the greenhouse gases that are causing the climate crisis while simultaneously reducing their energy costs," he said. "Its efforts are transforming the way the tech sector uses power, both domestically and around the world."

Cover image via Shutterstock / Sorbis.


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