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Apple have now achieved 100% renewable energy usage at their data centers

Apple are greener than ever, their data centers are now run on 100% renewable energy

By Anthony Garreffa from Mar 24, 2013 @ 22:07 CDT

Apple have reached 100% renewable energy usage at all of their data centers, with their corporate facilities not far behind with 75% renewable energy. Considering the company was at just 35% renewable energy for their corporate facilities two years ago, this is a swift, and great change:


Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources - solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. So we're investing in our own onsite energy production, establishing relationships with suppliers to procure renewable energy off the grid, and reducing our energy needs even as our employee base grows.

Our investments are paying off. We've already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple's corporate facilities worldwide, we're at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won't stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.

Apple made a commitment in May of last year after criticism hit then from Greenpeace over their energy usage, and while Greenpeace's ratings are based on erroneous calculations and assumptions, Apple still took the initiative to push forward and make more public statements about their energy usage and plans.

The Cupertino-based iPhone giant have estimated that their carbon footprint for last year included 30.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, with 98% of that total directly related to the life cycles of their products. The total represents a 34% increase over their 2011 estimates, but the company has noted that recent increases have been driven mainly by growth in sales, with emissions per dollar of revenue decreasing 21.5% from 2008 to 2012.


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