Speaking at Apple’s Monday ‘Loop You In’ event, the company’s VP of environment, Lisa Jackson, claimed 93% of Apple’s facilities worldwide run on renewable electricity.
Apple has been targeting the running of all its facilities — stores, data centers, manufacturing facilities — from 100% renewable energy for a couple of years now, and has enjoyed sharing the news. In 2014, the company revealed that 100% of the electricity used by the company’s US operations was from renewable energy. Apple is also running close to, if not at, 100% for all its data centers around the world as well.
So it comes as no real surprise that Lisa Jackson was able to get up the front of Apple’s ‘Loop You In’ event on Monday to reveal that the company’s goal of 100% renewable electricity is close.
Apple is in fact now powered by 100% renewable electricity in 23 countries around the world, including the US and China.
Lisa Jackson also took time on stage to highlight the company’s reuse and recycling program. When the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were released last year, Apple highlighted how the two new models save 14% and 16% carbon output compared to the iPhones released the year before.
On Monday, Apple took it a step forward, introducing Liam, a robot with 29 arms built for the sole purpose of disassembling iPhones so that a variety of the components and materials used in the design of the device can be reused and recycled. In fact, Apple claims that Liam can take apart over 1.2 million phones in a year. Unsurprisingly, therefore, Apple has also relaunched its recycle program under a new name, Apple Renew, claiming that “Recycling an Apple product should be as easy as using one.”
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