Apple Touts Progress of $4.7 Billion Clean Energy Investment

In a press release today, Apple touted the significant progress it has made as part of its $4.7 billion Green Bond. Thanks to the bond, Apple has generated more than 1.2 gigawatts of clean power, removing an average of 921,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

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In 2016, Apple issued its first bond of $1.5 billion towards the project, followed by $1 billion in 2017. In 2019, Apple invested $2.2 billion.

Last year, Apple funded more than 17 projects, resulting in the reduction of nearly 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions globally, equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from the road, according to Apple. Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, says the company is dedicated to pursuing investments to promote clean energy.

We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to fight against the impacts of climate change, and our $4.7 billion investment of the proceeds from our Green Bond sales is an important driver in our efforts. Ultimately, clean power is good business.

In addition to its investment in clean power, Apple has also allocated $2.8 billion into researching and funding new projects that "support low carbon design and engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon mitigation, and carbon sequestration." The investments come on top of Apple's commitment last year to become fully carbon neutral across its entire business by 2030.

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Top Rated Comments

lusky Avatar
42 months ago
They couldn't have waited a wee bit longer and announce that they had generated 1.21 gigawatts? That would have made so many people's day. and we all need wee things like that just now ?
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svenning Avatar
42 months ago

They couldn't have waited a wee bit longer and announce that they had generated 1.21 gigawatts? That would have made so many people's day. and we all need wee things like that just now ?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bklement Avatar
42 months ago
Gotta do a lot more to make up for wireless charging.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Koni17 Avatar
42 months ago
Don't really understand all the negativity in the comments here, would you rather they invest in coal power? I think it's great that apple has initiatives like this, sure wish some other companies would follow suit.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scarecrowmac Avatar
42 months ago
Really goes to show the scale of things and how much effort needs to go into reducing our carbon emissions. We emit something like 51 billion tones of CO2 per year, so this project costing 4.7 billion and reducing emissions by just under 1 million tones is just 0.002% of the way there…
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacManiac1 Avatar
42 months ago
Do any of these studies take into account what it takes to manufacture the solar panels? Lots of energy for one, but more than that, the mining of all the materials that have to be done to make the panels and the materials have their own issues.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)