Apple Expands Green Energy in Europe

Wind turbines

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Apple recently announced investment plans in the construction of two of the world’s largest onshore wind turbines, which will bring its supply chain and products closer to carbon neutrality.

Located near Esbjerg seaport town in Denmark, the 200-metre-tall turbines are expected to produce 62 GW hours each year. The power is said to be sufficient to power almost 20,000 homes and will act as a test site for powerful offshore wind turbines. The power produced at Esbjerg will support Apple’s data center in Viborg, and all surplus energy will go into the Danish grid.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives stated that combating climate change demanded urgent action and global partnership. She added that investments in clean energy could deliver breakthrough innovations that brought clean energy and good jobs to businesses and local communities. Lisa highlighted that it was an area where they had to lead – for the sake of our planet and future generations.

Apple recently announced its plans to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. Apple’s new commitment will mean that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have a net-zero climate impact. The initiative includes transitioning all of its European-based suppliers to renewable power.

German manufacturing company Varta committed to running its Apple production with 100% renewable electricity. Moreover, Apple’s suppliers across Europe are working toward clean energy solutions for their Apple productions. The initiative includes DSM Engineering Materials based in the Netherlands, Henkel and tesa SE, also based in Germany, Solvay based in Belgium, and STMicroelectronics based in Switzerland. Companies like Solvay are now expanding their use of renewable energy to their broader operations after joining Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program five years ago.

Apple’s data center in Viborg is now operational. The center is a 45,000-square-meter facility offering network support and data storage to its users across the region. It helps power Apple’s App Store, iMessage, Apple Music, Siri, and other services in Europe that are run entirely on green electricity from local projects.

The Esbjerg wind project follows the recent completion of one of Scandinavia’s largest solar arrays, located in Thisted, Northern Jutland. The Danish solar project was built without the use of public subsidies. The wind and solar projects both support Apple’s newly completed data center in Viborg, which is powered by 100% renewable energy. Apple is working on the projects in partnership with European Energy.

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