10/04/18 – Apple announces renewables milestone, as company sets out opposition to EPA attempts to scrap Clean Power Plan
Apple is now 100 per cent powered by renewables having today confirmed all of its global retail stores, offices, data centres, and co-located facilities across 43 countries are now run entirely on clean electricity.
In addition, another nine of the company’s manufacturing partners have committed to ensuring all of their Apple production work is powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, the tech giant announced.
In total, 23 Apple suppliers have now made a renewables commitment.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said he was proud to have seen the company achieve the “significant milestone”, emphasing the firm’s on-going commitment to combatting climate change.
“We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it,” he said in a statement.
Since 2014, all of Apple’s data centres have been powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, either through renewables contracts with power suppliers or through projects owned directly by the company, including wind, solar, biogas, fuel cell, and energy storage assets.
The company currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626MW of generation capacity.
Apple expects another 286MW of solar PV capacity to come online this year, in addition to a further 15 renewables projects which are currently under construction. Once built, Apple will have over 1.4GW of renewable energy generation capacity spread across 11 countries.
The announcement follows reports Apple has stepped up its opposition to moves in the US to repeal the Clean Power Plan, warning that scrapping President Obama’s flagship climate policy could undermine its current and future investments in renewable energy.
In a filing to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seen by Reuters on Friday, the tech giant said repealing the legislation would give China and other nations the upper hand over the US in the global race to develop clean energy.
The Clean Power Plan would require a 32 per cent cut in emissions from the US power sector by 2030, which Obama-era analysis had suggested would reap net benefits to the US economy of $30bn a year.
“Repealing the Clean Power Plan will subject consumers like Apple and our large manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty,” the California-based company said in the filing.
Apple added that scrapping the plan would jeopardise development and investments that have already been made in renewable power, according to Reuters.
It is the first public comment by a major private company on the proposed repeal of the climate law, which has still not yet been implemented in the US due to a raft of legal challenges and counter challenges.
Moves to repeal the legislation officially began last October, with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt claiming the federal government had overreached its authority in introducing the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to cut emissions from their power sectors.
A climate sceptic with links to fossil fuel industries, Pruitt is himself currently mired in controversy with regards to his conduct since he was appointed to the role by President Trump last year.
He has also faced anger from state lawmakers, elected officials and green groups across the US over EPA plans announced last week to relax US vehicle emissions standards – another Obama-era regulatory package which would require cars and trucks sold in the US to average more than 50 miles a gallon by 2025.
A group of Attorney Generals from across the US are now expected to sue the Trump administration if the repeal of the vehicle standards is finalised.
Source: Business Green