Apple has released its latest Environmental Progress Report and has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Apple has a long history of taking the lead in protecting the environment, from recycling rare metals from iPhones to every facility running on 100% renewable energy. The company is taking that stand further, however, with the goal of becoming 100% carbon neutral within a decade, including its supply chain.
“We’ve led our industry in reducing our environmental footprint for years, but we know there is more to do,” writes Lisa Jackson, Vice President, Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives. “So we’ve set a groundbreaking new goal to further reduce our impact on the planet we all share: By 2030, we’re committing to total carbon neutrality. We are already carbon neutral for our corporate emissions, including corporate travel—resulting from our use of 100 percent renewable electricity for our facilities and investing in high-quality projects that protect and restore forests, wetlands, and grasslands. And we’re well on our way in our supply chain. But we’re going further to cover our entire, end-to-end footprint. All the way down to the shipping that moves our products around the world, and the energy used to power our customers’ devices.”
The company is using innovative methods to achieve this goal, including sourcing aluminum from suppliers that use hydroelectricity, rather than fossil fuel, for their smelting process.
Apple’s stand comes at a time when companies around the world are taking a more active role in addressing social and societal issues.