Ibiden is the latest Apple supplier to go green
Ibiden, a Japanese component supplier for Apple, has pledged to power all Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy.
This will make Ibiden the first company in Japan to do so, and marks a milestone in Apple’s goal of ensuring all of its partners join in on shunning fossil fuels.
Ibiden will invest in over 20 renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in Japan. The transition to clean ever will exceed energy requirements for Apple and contribute to national Japanese renewable energy goals.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President for Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives said: “We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognise that renewable energy investments are good for the environment and good for business. As we continue our push to power our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, it is more important than ever that we help our manufacturing partners make the same transition to cleaner sources, and set an example for other companies to follow.”
Kyoichi Yamanaka, Managing Director of Ibiden’s Environment Group, added: “These innovative new clean energy investments demonstrate our commitment to doing business responsibly and economically. Our products help Apple run smarter, and now we’re powering our operations with smart energy too. We’re pleased to partner with Apple and lead the way in helping Japan meet its clean energy goals.”
Apple and its suppliers will be generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year of clean energy for the manufacturing of Apple products by the end of 2018 — equal to taking over 400,000 cars off the road for a year. The company has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in 23 countries, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.
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Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
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In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.