Apple towards going 100% green

Apple towards going 100% green

Giacomo Maniscalco
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The Cupertino based company has just encouraged three other suppliers to go over to clean energy sources. While the University of Cambridge has come up with an innovative prototype for improving energy transfer

Apple continues on its path towards going 100% green by getting three more of its suppliers to exclusively power their plants using clean energy resources. Sunwoda Electronic, Compal Electronics and Biel Crystal Manufactory have made the commitment, thus bringing the number of Apple suppliers who only use renewable energy sources to seven. According to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Apple Environmental Initiatives, the Californian multinational now has a 96% coverage of its energy needs from renewable sources, primarily from solar and wind power. "We closely monitor the carbon footprint of our offices, our stores, our data and distribution centers," Jackson said in an interview with Bloomberg, "it is all included in our 96% and we are now moving on to our supply chains. " In addition, Apple plans to open its new Apple Park campus for all 12,000 of its Cupertino employees, which will be powered 100% by renewable energy, mainly driven by one of the largest private PV plants in the world. Meanwhile, a University of Cambridge study led by Professor Bao-Lian Su looks to nature, specifically to leaves, to seek a solution to the main problem of renewable sources, intermittency. According to Bao-Lian Su’s team, new laboratory designed bio-inspired materials might be able to improve energy transfer. The vascular structure to be found in leaves and the entire network of pores found in biological systems is precisely formulated to facilitate the transfer of liquids and to minimize drag. By adapting this principle, the research team has created the first synthetic material that could dramatically improve energy flow performance via increased efficiency. But the global growth of renewables also has a significant economic impact. According to the Greenpeace report "Accelerating the Energy Transition", China's wind and solar energy have the potential to generate almost 2 trillion euros by 2030, also bringing 736 millions of euros in investment and creating 7.7 million jobs. For China green energy can contribute 1,950 billion euros to China's GDP over the next 15 years and reduce coal consumption by 300 million tons per year.