"Since 2011, all of Apple's renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 54 percent from its facilities worldwide and prevented almost 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere", the company said.
While definitely a good thing, Engadget points out that this doesn't mean all of Apple's facilities are directly connected to renewable energy sources.
Apple's been investing large sums of money into renewable energy over the past several years, including £1.25 billion on two European data centres and an $850 million solar farm in Monterey California.
Although, Apple is not technically powered by 100% renewable energy implying that not every single joule or electron is created by wind, solar, and other green energy plants and farms. We just broke ground on our new data center in Alabama and through a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, we'll be able to scout new wind and solar projects locally and work with TVA to bring new renewable energy onto their electrical grid. Its data centres now source 44 per cent of power needs from renewable energy.
The announcement follows reports Apple has stepped up its opposition to moves in the United States to repeal the Clean Power Plan, warning that scrapping President Obama's flagship climate policy could undermine its current and future investments in renewable energy.
Mr Mahu stated that now, renewable energy contributed about one per cent to the national power generation mix, but the focus was to reach 10 per cent by 2030. That makes 23 supplier commitments in Apple's supply chain, with 84 of suppliers having signed up for an Apple portal designed to,"help suppliers identify commercially viable renewable energy solutions in regions around the world".
The software company now has 25 working global projects. Apple is also urging suppliers to follow its lead.
One of DTE Energy's new wind power projects will come online later this year, with another beginning operation in 2019.
There is a long way to go. These initiatives are underway but may be years off coming to fruition.