Apple says its 175 suppliers to use clean energy

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Apple said 175 of its suppliers have committed to use clean energy for the work they do for the iPhone maker, helping to bring more than 9 gigawatts of clean energy onto power grids.

The new round of suppliers – which is an increase from the 70 suppliers and nearly 8 gigawatts of power the company reported last year – are part of the company’s efforts to make its sprawling global supply chain carbon-neutral by 2030.

The companies must commit to using energy sources such as solar or wind energy for the work they do for Apple, part of Apple’s efforts announced last year for its products to have what it calls a “net-zero” climate impact.

Apple now has suppliers on the program in 24 countries, including India, Japan and South Korea.

Apple announced it was providing funding for 10 smaller renewable energy projects aimed at helping renewable power to under-resourced communities. The projects include work with communities in South Africa, the Philippines, Colombia and the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority formed by six Sioux tribes in the western United States.