Apple beats Microsoft to reach 100 per cent renewable energy target

A new partnership to drive renewable energy growth in the US

Apple said the sites using clean energy comprise of all its retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities across 43 countries.

The company says since 2011, their renewable energy projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent from its worldwide facilities, and stopped nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from the atmosphere.

Apple said its deals with utilities had resulted in 25 operating renewable projects totaling 625MW, part of a portfolio that will eventually total 1.4GW across 11 countries. Google is now the largest corporate buyer into renewable power.

Apple's shift to renewable energy came as costs for solar and wind have been plunging thanks to technological advances and increased global production of panels and turbines.

Apple is stretching beyond the borders of its own properties with a push to clean up its supply chain through a program dedicated to encouraging its upstream manufacturing partners to power their operations with renewable energy.

Alphabet's Google past year purchased enough renewable energy to cover all of its electricity consumption worldwide.

Since 2014, Apple says all of its data centres have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy. This will bring new big things, like solar arrays and wind farms, as well as newer solutions like biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro systems.

Hungary's election could produce record turnout - ruling party
Turnout was higher than the final turnout of 61.73 percent in the last election in 2014 which gave Orban a landslide victory. Orban, Hungary's longest-serving post-communist premier, opposes deeper integration of the bloc.

Last week, Google said it now holds contracts to purchase 3GW of output from renewable energy projects, allowing it to reach its 100% clean energy target.

The company has built numerous wind and solar farms in cooperation with local institutions, as well as intense focus on environmental sustainability during development of its new buildings like Apple Park.

"We're not spending any more than we would have", Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, said in an interview.

"After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone", Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

The company now has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totalling 626MW of generation capacity.

Although Apple has shifted to using purely. Google had purchased a sizeable amount of renewable energy in 2017 to cover all of its electricity consumption world-wide.

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