Apple revealed on Tuesday its commitment to becoming 100% carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. The firm is already carbon neutral today for its global corporate operations.
“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet — they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”
The company released a 10-year road map that featured innovative actions to becoming carbon neutral. These actions will be taken in the areas of low carbon product design, energy efficiency, renewable energy, process and materials innovation, and carbon removal.
These include plans to increase the use of low carbon and recycled materials, identify new ways to lower energy use, remain at 100% renewable energy for its operations, tackle emissions through technological improvements and invest in forests and other nature-based solutions.
Apple is also establishing an Impact Accelerator. This project will invest in minority-owned businesses that are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards. This accelerator is part of Apple’s recently announced $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative.
“Systemic racism and climate change are not separate issues, and they will not abide separate solutions. We have a generational opportunity to help build a greener and more just economy, one where we develop whole new industries in the pursuit of giving the next generation a planet worth calling home," said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.