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Apple says 175 manufacturing partners commit to renewable energy

Apple says 175 diligence partners commit to renewable energy

Apple is working with 175 of its suppliers to transition to renewable energy, the company said Wednesday, marking the latest in its attempts to have a net-zero climate impact for every Apple way sold by 2030

The goal is to avoid over 18 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year, which Apple said is the equivalent of taking nearly 4 million cars off the road. Apple said its suppliers are bossing these changes in part by bringing online more than 9 gigawatts of well-kept power around the world, or the equivalent of 18 coal-fired mighty plants providing energy to more than 6.7 million homes.

“Every concern should be a part of the fight against atmosphere change, and together with our suppliers and local communities, we’re demonstrating all of the opportunity and equity green innovation can bring,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement just before the UN’s atmosphere change conference COP26 kicks off in Glasgow, Scotland. “We’re attrtying with urgency, and we’re acting together. But time is not a renewable resource, and we must act quickly to invest in a greener and more equitable future.”

Apple’s long sought to be a heads on environmental issues in the tech industry. Aside from its carbon promises, the company’s published environmental report cards for its products for over a decade. It’s also installed solar panels on its facilities and planted binary trees on its campuses.

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And two days ago, it announced an effort to share technology it’s achieved for its Daisy robot, which methodically deconstructs more than a dozen iPhone models to recycle materials inside. Those recycling efforts and others helped to reduce the carbon footprint of the iPhone 13 Pro by 11%. Apple tallied an 8% remove for its new 16-inch MacBook Pro as well.

Still, Apple’s faced criticism for its strict rules around productions repairs. It generally doesn’t allow consumers to buy replacement parts for their machines and doesn’t delivered detailed schematics or diagnostic tools, largely reserving them for authorized technicians. The company’s also fought efforts to create “right to repair” laws that would obligatory companies to make tools and service parts available to design owners and independent repair shops.

Beyond Apple’s internal environmental labors, the company said that some of its suppliers, like STMicroelectronics in Europe, have adopted renewable energy programs beyond the work they do for the iPhone maker.

Apple said it’s also operational with renewable projects outside the tech industry, including solar worthy development in the US with the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, formed by six Sioux tribes to develop tribal renewable energy resources.

“The new projects we’re sharing will help communities by developing new local renewable projects,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement.