When Apple opened its first store in India in April 2023 in Mumbai, it followed its policy of opening only carbon-neutral stores worldwide. Apple’s corporate office in Cupertino, California, went carbon neutral in 2020.
Apple’s 28,000 sq. ft. store at BKC, Mumbai, is designed to be one of the most energy-efficient Apple Store locations in the world, with a dedicated solar array and zero reliance on fossil fuels for store operations. The store is operationally carbon neutral, running on 100 per cent renewable energy.
The store’s design, according to a report by AP, is inspired by the iconic black and yellow cabs which happen to be unique to the city.
Apple’s second store opened in Saket in Delhi a few weeks after the first in Mumbai. The Delhi store is located in SelectCITY Walk mall. Even this store runs on 100 per cent renewable energy and is carbon neutral.
Apple has announced that it is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. “Every Apple product will be made with clean energy and even more recycled and renewable materials. Because the earth won’t wait, and neither will we,” says a company note.
Apple said about 20 per cent of the materials in products are made from recycled or renewable sources. “Our goal is to one day reach 100 per cent, and to end our reliance on mining altogether. Where we continue to extract materials, we maintain the highest standards in our due diligence and respect for human rights. And we’re accelerating our work with new goals to use 100 per cent recycled cobalt, tin, gold, and rare earth elements in key components by 2025.”
It adds, “One thing is clear: We’re closer than ever to the day you can hold your Apple device and be confident in the knowledge that it has net-zero carbon impact.”
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