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11/04/2018 12:32 SAST | Updated 11/04/2018 12:32 SAST

Apple Is Now Powered Globally By 100 Percent Renewable Energy

That includes every Apple Store, data centre and office 😲

Apple has announced that for the first time, the entire company is powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

What's really impressive is that this includes not just Apple's offices, but its retail stores and data centres across about 43 countries.

Included in this is of course Apple Park, the company's gigantic new circular headquarters in Cupertino, San Francisco, which itself is 100 percent powered by renewable energy through a vast series of solar panels on its roof.

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To accomplish this, Apple has more than 25 renewable energy projects around the globe generating around 626 megawatts of electricity. In addition, the company confirms that it has 15 more projects in the pipeline that, once completed, will bring the total to 1.4 gigawatts.

To give you some idea of how much that is, the U.K.'s energy requirements usually peak at around 60 gigawatts.

In addition to its own commitments, Apple has been pushing for its suppliers to follow its example, and has announced that 23 of its external suppliers are now committed to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy.

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While the company's renewable energy record is certainly impressive, Apple, like much of the technology industry, faces an even greater task when it comes to recycling.

In the E.U., a third of all e-waste still ends up in a landfill – and while some companies, including Apple, do offer comprehensive recycling policies in the U.K., the biggest task ahead will be replicating that across the planet.