Apple Inc. said on Monday that it has achieved a decade-old goal of having its facilities worldwide powered exclusively by renewable energy, an achievement that will shift the company’s sustainability efforts to its supply chain, where about 10% of suppliers have made a similar commitment.
The tech giant said it has improved to be 100% reliant on clean energy from 96% last year in part by contracting renewable energy for the first time in India, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. The figure covers all of its retail stores, offices, data centers and partner data centers, as well as Apple Park, its new spaceshiplike headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that features rooftop solar panels and is one of the largest on-site solar installations in the world.
Apple AAPL, +0.99% is just one of many global corporations trying to cut energy consumption and shift to renewable power including wind and solar, both to cut costs and slow climate change. More than 100 companies worldwide, including Apple, IKEA, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA BUD, +0.71% and Starbucks Corp. SBUX, +0.62% , pledged in 2014 to shift to 100% renewable energy. By the end of 2016, 25 had already met the pledge, according to the collaborative, named RE100.