Apple vows to continue on clean energy drive with new suppliers

44 suppliers are now ensuring their Apple production lines use 100% clean energy

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Apple is continuing with plans to make its production lines use 100% renewable energy and has announced that it now has 44 clean energy partners on its books.

The move means the company will be able to exceed its goal of reaching four gigawatts of renewable energy to the supply chain by 2020, helped by the move to completely renewable energy sources at its worldwide facilities.

"Every time one of our suppliers joins us in our efforts to address climate change, we move closer to a better future for the next generation," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

"We've made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible. While we are proud of our announcement today, we won't stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally."

Apple's Clean Energy Programme is an initiative set up by the company to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. As the manufacturing of its devices make up 74% of the company's consumption, it was vital that it introduced schemes to help reduce the impact made by its production partners.

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To encourage suppliers to switch to renewable energies, the company has extended its supplier education and support initiatives, including its specially developed Clean Energy Portal, where suppliers can easily find renewable energy sources around the world.

Apple has also invested $2.5 billion in green bonds in 40 schemes around the world, such as the creation of a metal alloy made from recycled aluminium (used to make the newest MacBook Air and Mac Mini models), the construction of an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and funding for solar rooftops in Japan.

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