Apple announced on Tuesday that it promises to be carbon neutral in both its products and supply chain by the year 2030, according to a statement on its website. The company revealed an extensive plan to cut carbon emissions completely within its products and supply chain in order to meet its goal of being a sustainable company within the next decade. Already, the company’s corporate emissions are carbon neutral globally, but its manufacturing and supply chain process have some time to go before they can join in on that accomplishment.
The next decade will see a lot of changes for Apple as it makes its way toward its carbon neutral goal. The company plans to cut its emissions by 75% within the next decade, aiming to cut the last 25% through the development of sustainable business practices and new solutions further on. This ten-year roadmap to sustainability will include things like developing sustainable mining practices by using robotics to mine for materials like Tungsten, which are crucial to the development of Apple products.
“Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.
Unsafe mining practices are a major problem for technology and gadget companies that rely on the mining of materials such as cobalt in developing countries in order to produce new goods. While the mining of cobalt may not directly contribute to a company’s carbon footprint, many technology companies have received backlash for contributing to unethical mining practices that contribute to deforestation, child labor and increased risk in developing countries. Finding safe and sustainable mining practices is a direct contributor to having an ethical, conflict-free supply chain.
Apple’s other supply-chain and manufacturing initiatives include things like using recycled materials to create new products, and investing in innovations that will cut back on the amount of resources needed to create new products. Right now, many of Apple’s latest products are made entirely out of recycled materials, including recycled minerals to cut back on unsafe labor practices in developing countries.
Also on Apple’s to-do list for investing in sustainability is to put money into minority-owned supply chain businesses and other small businesses through Apple’s “Impact Accelerator” program. This program is part of Apple’s pledge to invest $100 million into racial equity. Apple hopes that its initiative to create a carbon neutral business will lay the foundation for other companies—especially other tech companies—to follow suit.