Apple, one of the largest companies in the world, aims to stop contributing to air pollution by 2030. The company wants to be carbon neutral at the moment.
Apple’s announcement comes after Microsoft announced earlier this year that it intends to remove from the atmosphere by 2050 all the carbon dioxide it has emitted in its four-decade history. The world’s largest software maker will eliminate more carbon dioxide than it will emit by 2030.
To achieve its goal, Apple needs to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 75%. The company announced that it has reduced CO2 emissions by 4.3 million metric tons in 2019. This means a decrease of 35% compared to 2015, the year in which Apple polluted the atmosphere the most.
Even so, Apple “pumped” 25.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere last year. That’s about six coal-fired power plants a year.
Apple is looking for “green” partners
The company no longer pollutes through its own operations, but through its partners, suppliers of components and substances, or companies that assemble the iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.
Apple is looking for suppliers and partners who use renewable energy. The American giant announced that it has identified 70 companies that promised to use only green energy for Apple’s production.
At the same time, the iPhone manufacturer is working with organizations such as Conservation International to protect and restore forests that naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Another big company that has announced important measures to protect the environment is Amazon. The world’s largest online retailer wants to stop emitting CO2 into the atmosphere by 2040 and has announced a $2 billion fund that will invest in technologies that will help companies reduce their pollutant emissions.
However, despite these measures, Amazon released 15% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2019 compared to 2018.