Apple increases green footprint, powers 100% of data centers with renewables
Apple announced recently that it has reached 100 percent renewable energy use at all of its data centers, part of a larger goal of 100 percent renewable energy use at all of its facilities. As it stands, Apple is almost there.
“We’re currently on track toward achieving an ambitious goal: to power every Apple facility entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal. We’ve already reached this milestone at all of our data centers that provide online services to our customers, including in Maiden, North Carolina. We’ve also reached 100 percent at our facilities in Austin, Cork, and Munich and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino,” the company said in its annual environmental impact report, which is posted on its web site. ”Among all Apple corporate facilities worldwide, 75 percent of the total energy used comes from renewable sources — a 114 percent increase since 2010.”
This is a great improvement, in both renewable energy use and energy transparency, according to Greepeace:
Apple’s increased level of disclosure about its energy sources helps customers know that their iCloud will be powered by clean energy sources, not coal,” Greenpeace senior IT analyst Gary Cook said in a statement.
To read more about Apple’s green initiatives, head over to http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2013/03/21/apple-in-annual-green-update-says-data-centers-powered-100-by-renewable-energy/