Greenpeace has declared Apple to be the most environmentally friendly technology company in the world for the third year.
« In 2015, 93 percent of our energy came from renewable sources. And we’re constantly looking for ways to get to 100 percent. » said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment.
According to Greenpeace, Apple is leader with ‘final grade’ of ‘A’ and a clean energy index score of 83 percent.
Facebook and Google also scored ‘A’ grades, with clean energy index scores of 67 and 56 percent respectively.
Specifically, Apple used 4% of natural gas, 5% of coal energy and 5% of nuclear.
Energy expenditure depend on location. Indeed, in Ireland they used 45% of Natural Gas and 34% of coal but no nuclear energy. In contrast, in Maiden (NC), they used 12% Natural Gas, 33% of coal but 51 % of Nuclear. Those differences result from location resources.
“Thanks to the leadership and advocacy of companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch, we are seeing the tech industry make major strides toward powering the internet with clean energy.” Gary Cook, Greenpeace’s senior IT analyst, said in a statement.
“Without key policy changes, the rapid growth of the internet in East Asia will likely be powered by coal and other dirty sources of electricity”, Greenpeace said. The north and southeast Asian regions are the world’s biggest emitters of CO2.
Jude Lee, Greenpeace East Asia senior IT Campaigner, said : « Leading IT companies in the United States have already shown that the majority of the industry recognizes that clean power is both good for the environment and good for business. »
In fact, to reach their goal of 100%, Apple has to apply its renewable energy policy to all of its factory around the world. East Asian factories has to be part of it.