Apple announces plans to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 - the Climate Group responds

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21 July 2020

Apple has today announced its plan to bring its entire carbon footprint to net zero by 2030 – including across its manufacturing supply chain and product life cycle.

Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100 at the Climate Group, said:

“This is a major climate announcement from a company that shapes tech and business trends around the world.

“By driving this scale of climate ambition through its supply chain, Apple is making a big, global contribution to the move to clean energy, transport and manufacturing. It will have a particularly big impact in some of the most critical markets for tackling greenhouse gases.

“The 2030 timing is as important as the scale of this move. By then, the whole world needs to halve carbon emissions. Apple is proving that the biggest business in the world have the power to make that happen. It’s certainly a challenge. But given the speed we have seen Apple move to renewable electricity through our RE100 programme, and then influence others to do the same, we think they can do it.”

The tech giant has been part of the renewable electricity initiative, RE100, led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, since 2016. The company achieved its RE100 target of powering its entire global facilities with 100% renewable electricity in April 2018, and has since been focusing efforts on its supply chain. More information can be found in RE100's Going Beyond report, which examines the experiences of Apple and other members in engaging suppliers on renewable power.

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