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Apple and suppliers to help bring 9GW of clean energy to electric grids


Apple, the technology company infamous for its iPhone device, announced this Wednesday that its suppliers have now committed to using clean energy for the work they do for it.

These suppliers are tech companies making chips, microprocessors, and other devices for Apple’s products. The initiative will help bring up to 9 gigawatts of clean energy to the electric grids of several countries.

Moreover, the new round of suppliers increases the prior 70 already committed to 8 GW of clean power. Therefore, this latest round is a new effort from Apple to make its global supply chain carbon-neutral by 2030.

Among the new round of suppliers is South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc. This company supplies memory chips and will be one of the first Korean firms to join Apple’s program. Also joining will be Franco-Italian STMicroelectronics, top sensors, and microchips maker. According to Reuters, this company has already started nine renewable energy projects since joining the program.

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Apple with ‘green’ suppliers in 24 countries

As a result, Apple will now have suppliers on its green program spread across 24 countries; including India, Japan, and South Korea. Lisa Jackson, the company’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, told Reuters. “One of the things that come along with this is building a core of businesses in different markets on different grids which are demanding clean energy. That’s helpful to policymakers.”

On the other hand, Foxconn is one of the suppliers previously signed onto Apple’s green program. In addition, the company is working on other “green” programs in the US. As reported earlier, it is getting a loan from DOE to repurpose an electric truck plant it acquired from Lordstown Motors Corp. Taiwan’s Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, which makes Apple’s processor chips, is also on the green program.

Finally, as part of Apple’s strategy, it will provide funding for ten smaller renewable energy projects aimed at helping renewable power to under-resourced communities. The projects include works in South Africa, the Philippines, Colombia, and the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority formed by six Sioux tribes in the western United States.

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