Apple needs help from TSMC & Foxconn to be “fully” carbon-neutral; Bloomberg

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Apple commits to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. But in order to achieve that goal, Apple needs help from its Taiwanese component manufacturers such as TSMC and Foxconn according to Bloomberg Report.

Apple’s commitment to climate is shown in the way that the company is already carbon neutral today for its global corporate operations and also plans to bring its entire carbon footprint to net zero, 20 years sooner than IPCC targets. Furthermore, Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030.

“We’re proud of our environmental journey and the ambitious roadmap we have set for the future. We have a generational opportunity to help build a greener and more just economy, one where we develop whole new industries in the pursuit of giving the next generation a planet worth calling home.”

Lisa Jackson, Apple VP; Press release

According to the company’s Environmental Progress Report, 75 percent of the carbon emissions arising from making Apple’s products come from outside suppliers. That includes Taiwanese electronics giants, which still get about 90% of their power from non-renewable sources, according to company reports.

Apple plans to change that with suppliers installing solar panels and buying power from offshore wind farms in line with Apple’s target of having all of its products be carbon-neutral by 2030. So far 71 of Apple’s hundreds of suppliers have committed to using only renewable energy. Once completed, these commitments will avoid greenhouse gases equivalent to taking more than 3 million cars off the road each year.

Taiwanese companies have an instrumental role in Apple’s suppliers worldwide because of their dominance in contract manufacturing and made-to-order semiconductors. The pivotal role in Apple’s manufacturing is played by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which exclusively makes cutting-edge chips for Apple’s iPhones and iPads, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn, which assembles more than 100 million iPhones annually. Both firms recently agreed to join the renewable energy drive.

Foxconn by 2030, plans to enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology, the company said in its CSR Report.

TSMC, which used renewable energy and credits for 6.7% of its power in 2019, has committed to producing renewable energy for its entire operations by 2050 as per their CSR report. It signed a deal last month with Orsted A/S to buy all of the power from a 920-megawatt wind farm the Danish company is developing off the coast of Taiwan, in what is the world’s largest private renewable power deal.

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