Ibiden, a Japanese component supplier for Apple, has pledged to power all Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy.
This will make Ibiden the first company in Japan to do so, and marks a milestone in Apple’s goal of ensuring all of its partners join in on shunning fossil fuels.
Ibiden will invest in over 20 renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in Japan. The transition to clean ever will exceed energy requirements for Apple and contribute to national Japanese renewable energy goals.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President for Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives said: “We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognise that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business. As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources, and set an example for other companies to follow.”
Kyoichi Yamanaka, Managing Director of Ibiden’s Environment Group, added: “These innovative new clean energy investments demonstrate our commitment to doing business responsibly and economically. Our products help Apple run smarter, and now we’re powering our operations with smart energy too. We’re pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals.”
Apple and its suppliers will be generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy for the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018 — equal to taking over 400,000 cars off the road for a year. The company has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in 23 countries, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.