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Apple's Japanese manufacturing partner Ibiden has become Apple's first supplier to pledge the use of 100% renewable energy spread across 20 new solar energy facilities.

Ibiden's investment includes a floating solar photovoltaic (PV) facility, one of the largest in Japan. Apple's Japanese partner's 100% renewable energy use makes Apple's supply chain greener.

Apple uses Ibiden technology to bring together the integrated circuitry and chip packages in Apple devices. Ibiden, headquartered in Ogaki, Gifu prefecture in Japan, specialises in printed circuit boards and integrated circuit packaging

The power generated by over 12MW of solar energy is enough for the Japanese company to construct products for Apple. Apple and its manufacturing partners plan on generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt-hour per year by the end of 2018.

In the U.S., Apple and NV Energy plan on building a 200MW solar farm in Nevada scheduled to be completed in 2019. This is part of Apple's continuous goal to become a leader in sustainability.

Apple gets top marks

In the recently published Greenpeace's Clean Energy Index, Apple scored 83% obtaining a final Grade A, thanks to its low usage of conventional energy sources such as coal, nuclear or natural gas.

Apple also scored top marks in Energy Transparency, Renewable Energy Commitment and Siting Policy, Energy Efficiency and Mitigation, and Renewable Procurement, with a B in Advocacy.

Apple Earth (cr) Figure 1: Apple obtains final Grade A, thanks to its low usage of conventional energy sources such as coal, nuclear, or natural gas. (Source: Greenpeace)

Apple Renew & Recycle Program

For consumers, Apple developed its Apple Renew program which offers an easy way to recycle all Apple devices at any Apple Store or online. If your devices qualify, Apple sends you a gift card. It's easy: Tell Apple which device you have, get a prepaid mailing label by email, delete your data following Apple's simple steps, ship your device. Apple receives Macs and PCs.

By sending your old personal or business devices to Apple for responsible recycling, you can help prevent climate change, protect natural resources, and keep harmful toxins out from the ecosystem.

Recycling electronics is a great way to celebrate Earth Day for a better future for the next generation.

First published by EBN.

« Previously: Apple embraces environmental best practices