Apple’s 2016 Environmental Responsibility Report, covering fiscal year 2015, is its ninth annual update, highlighting the progress it has made and the places it is working hard to improve.
Apple says focus and simplify is one of its mantras. So, after deep reflection, data analysis, and conversations with stakeholders, it has set three priorities:
• Reduce our impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities.
• Conserve precious resources so we all can thrive.
• Pioneer the use of safer materials in our products and processes.
This report details how Apple is approaching each of these priorities, and highlights some key accomplishments to date.
As of January 2016, Apple said it is sourcing or generating enough renewable energy to cover 93% of the electricity it uses at its facilities worldwide. In fact, Apple is now 100% renewable in 23 countries, including China, Germany, Singapore, and the United States. It is also 100% renewable at every one of its data centers.
So whenever someone sends an iMessage, download a song from iTunes, or ask Siri a question, the energy Apple uses doesn’t contribute to climate change.
In the past five years, it has reduced the carbon footprint in facilities by 64% because of clean energy use, avoiding over 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions. Apple said “It is working hard to reach 100% renewable energy for all of our facilities worldwide, and help our suppliers in China and everywhere around the world make the same transition to clean energy as we have.”
• Powered 93% of its facilities worldwide with renewables in 2015; sourced 100% of its electricity from renewables in 23 countries.
• Issued $1.5 billion in green bonds to finance its clean energy, energy efficiency, and resource conservation projects in 2016.
• Reduced carbon emissions from its facilities by 64%since FY11.
• Diverted more than 89 million pounds of e-waste from landfills in 2015.
• Avoided 335,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions from entering the atmosphere in FY15.