What Organizations Are Doing for the Climate

Apple leads the world in industrial sustainability and it would helpful to  push other companies to meet or exceed Apple in sustainability. Here are some facts about Apple’s work to improve the climate.

– 100 percent of the electricity Apple uses to power it’s data centers, and 96 percent used by it’s facilities worldwide, comes from energy sources like solar, hydro, and wind power.

– Last week, three of Apple’s suppliers announced commitments to running their production of Apple products off of 100 percent renewable energy by the end of next year.

– Also last week, Apple pledged to one day manufacture its iPhones and other devices entirely from recycled materials, as it looks to reduce its use of on “conflict minerals” and other environmentally damaging resources. Publishing its annual Environmental Responsibility report on Wednesday, Apple said it wanted to “one day stop mining the earth altogether” and be able to build new products with just recycled materials.”

– Apple already uses 100 per cent recycled tin for the main logic board of its iPhone and it is experimenting with ways to recover cobalt from its devices’ lithium-ion batteries.

– The new Apple Park contains multiple green features like 17 megawatts of rooftop solar, natural ventilation systems and thousands of trees.

– Cupertino law requires that construction sites reuse at least 75% of their demolished materials. Apple used over 90% of the old headquarters in building the new one. Rather than shipping off its concrete rubble, Apple set up an onsite operation dedicated to recycling all of its old cement for the new building.

– The new building will use 30% less energy than all similar R&D offices. What power the building does require will come from 100% renewable sources.

– The building will have natural ventilation for 75% of the year.

–  More than 9,000 native and drought-resistant trees were planted throughout the campus along with mining the rich soil underneath the site that will feed the orchards and other flora being planted all throughout Apple Park. (Adapted from Apple)

Read more in the Apple environmental report. https://www.apple.com/environment/

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