Apple Supplier In Japanese Goes All In With Renewable Energy
A supplier of components to Apple that is based in Japan, Ibiden, will make exclusive use of renewable energy to manufacture components for the Cupertino, California-based tech giant. This was announced by Apple in a news release.
To assist in the efforts to use 100% renewable energy in its manufacturing activities, Ibiden will be investing in more than 20 facilities that will generate renewable energy. This includes a solar photovoltaic facility that is floating and which was put up in a lumber yard.
Ibiden’s projects for renewable energy production are expected to generate about 12 megawatts of solar energy. This is more than the power that the company needs which means the extra will be fed onto the national grid and helping in the efforts of Japan to reduce the levels of carbon emissions.
“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business,” Lisa Jackson, a senior Apple executive, said.
The products that Ibiden builds includes components that are used in the chip packages and integrated circuitry of Apple devices.
Apple has consistently been making progress with a view to becoming a leader in the use of sustainable energy. In 2015, for instance, the source of 93% of the energy that Apple used globally was renewable. And in some of its facilities in about 23 countries, the figure is 100% clean energy. With regards to paper, the largest corporation in the world by market capitalization said that over 99% of paper used at its facilities in packaging was either recycled or from sustainable sources. And by the time the new Apple Campus that is nearing corporation is completed, it is expected to have the biggest solar power installation for a corporate office anywhere in the world.
Together with its suppliers, Apple expects that by the close of 2018, they will be producing more than 2.5 billion kWh annually of clean electricity that is necessary for the manufacturing process of Apple devices. It is estimated that the amount of carbon emissions that will be reduced in this effort is equivalent to grounding more than 400,000 vehicles for one year.