Apple has always been at the forefront of sustainable energy, and at this year's Climate Week, Tim Cook will highlight how lowering carbon emissions is in the interest of companies. Tim Cook's speech marks the first time the executive participated in the event, and he will be joined by executives from other companies actively looking to create a more sustainable environment.
Apple is now banning the use of two chemicals in the production of the iPhone 6 and future iPad, a move that could help to impact the health of the 500,000 or so factory workers who assemble Apple's popular smartphones and tablets. After a four-month investigation, Apple is now banning the use of benzene and n-hexane in its factories.
Apple VP of Environmental Initiative Lisa Jackson gave a talk at the Distinguished Educator Conference to highlight some of the clean energy strides that the company published last week in its environmental report and reiterate Apple's commitment to going green. Noting that its data centers now operate on 100 percent renewable energy, Jackson says that the company won't be slowing down its commitment to the environment any time and points out how its products are helping consumers be greener in the process.
Apple has just released its environmental report for 2013 where the company is highlighting its clean energy use at its offices, stores, and employee initiatives. The report makes note of Apple's use of renewable energy, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and reduction of carbon footprint.
Apple is on a roll when it comes to environmental friendliness. After previously being criticized by Greenpeace, the company has improved infrastructure with more reliance on green technology, as well as taking a serious stance with recycling and other environmentally friendly initiatives. Now Apple has also recently hired Bobby Hollis, to help speed up the process as the new senior renewable energy manager.
As part of Apple's renewed push on its environmental strategy it has taken out a full page ad in the British newspapers today that has a not so subtle dig at Samsung in the process. It was first noticed by David McClelland in the Metro and reported via Twitter:
To celebrate Earth Day, Apple is transforming its retail stores with a hint of the green. As seen in photos obtained by Appleinsider, the leaf on the Apple logo has been turned to green while store colleagues have all been given special, green t-shirts to wear for the day.
Apple has been running a device recycling program for a while now for selected devices but is opening it up to everyone, everywhere. The Associated Press reports that the program will now take in devices at all of Apple's retail locations around the world:
Apple has long pushed to be a more environmentally responsible company and manufacturer (and made sure that we were aware of their efforts), and today they launched a new section of Apple.com to highlight those efforts. Additionally, Apple opened up their data center in Nevada and VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson to Wired. And, of course, they made an exceptionally well-produced video, narrated by none other than the docile voice of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In talking up Apple's environmental policies at D11, CEO Tim Cook announced that former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, will be joining the company reporting directly to Cook. Jackson joins Apple to co-ordinate the environmental policies right across the company.