Tim Cook gave the keynote speech at the Ceres 30th Anniversary Gala in New York City on Monday night. Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization, and Cook was invited to share Apple's outlook on the future of sustainable energy.

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‌Tim Cook‌ at Ceres (Photo credit: @JamesGould21)

To that end, the Apple CEO used his time at the podium to engage issues of sustainability and renewable energy, while framing climate change as an opportunity.

"We don't see climate change as risk, but opportunity," said Cook. "With our supply chain partners, we see a chance to develop new and valuable competencies, because it is the right thing to do."

We can't face challenges by "shrinking our thinking or pulling up the draw bridge," Cook continued, later tweeting: "Companies have a responsibility to use their innovation and agility to lead on the climate crisis."


Apple has led the way in renewable energy in the corporate world. Apple Park in California is powered by one of the largest onsite corporate solar energy installations, and all of the company's data centers are similarly powered by 100 percent renewable energy, as are its U.S. retail stores, and the large majority of its corporate facilities.

Ceres says that it works with leading investors and companies to "build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy" as it tackles the world's biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution.

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Top Rated Comments

Adam Warlock Avatar
61 months ago
Maybe Tim Apple can bring up the topic of climate change during his next meeting in China?

The man is completely shameless.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmoliv Avatar
61 months ago
The lackey of the Chinese government talking about sustainability. I can't take him seriously anymore.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Feyl Avatar
61 months ago
I miss Tim talking about technology and me learning something interesting, oh wait.. he never did that because he’s a politician not a product guy.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Veinticinco Avatar
61 months ago
More like Tim Cook promotes Tim Cook talking about sustainability.

We don't see climate change as risk, but opportunity...," said Cook, before mentioning his beloved subject “supply chain partners”.

Something not quite right about that statement given the context.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lone Deranger Avatar
61 months ago
Sustainability? I'd love a more sustainable product pipeline from Apple than we have now. Come on Tim, let us service, upgrade and repair our Macs instead of treating them like disposables like they have become under your tenure.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
61 months ago
I presume he flew there on Apple's private jet which is of course being fueled by "renewable energy" while building devices that are made to be disposable, not upgradable etc. Do as I say not as I do is on display again.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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