|By Le Williams | 3 years ago|
This week, Apple made an announcement confirming the complete operation of its retail stores, data centers, and corporate offices have reached the milestone to be powered by 100% clean energy.
The ‘go green’ strategy included facilities in 43 countries, such as the United States, United Kingdom, China, and India. In general, Apple uses a variety of clean energy sources, such as solar technology, wind farms, and news energy models that include biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro generation systems for generating electricity.
Apple reports its data centers have been powered by 100% clean energy since 2014. Additionally, its renewable energy projects have cut greenhouse gas emissions from its global facilities by 54% since 2011.
Apple Park, the tech giant’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California, is its most high-profile renewable energy project. Opening in 2017, the building contains solar panels on the roof and returns clean energy to the public grid during low usage periods.
Clean energy initiatives include a continued global expansion for Apple. A network of green data centers outside of the United States includes a current development of two new facilities in Denmark while collaborating with a local solar company in Japan to install more than 300 rooftop solar systems.
“There’s competition for talent,” said David Briefel, regional sustainable design leader at architecture firm Gensler.” Sustainability experts say the strategy for companies to become more sustainable contributes to long-term cost savings in addition to employee retention, placing Apple at a competitive advantage against Microsoft and Google.