Tech & Science Apple says it's now powered completely by renewable energy

05:05  10 april  2018
05:05  10 april  2018 Source:   Engadget UK

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  Apple Says It Pays Women Less on Average in the UK In November, Apple released a report that reportedly indicated it had eliminated its gender pay gap across the world. On Tuesday, it released a new pay-gap report showing that that is not yet the case. The report Apple released today only details pay discrepancies among United Kingdom-based employees. The stats in Tuesday’s report are pulled from hourly pay rates, bonuses, and stock over the course of a year through April 5th, 2017. According to the report, Apple’s average pay gap in the UK is 5 percent lower for women, while the median pay gap is 2 percent more for women.

Apple 's data centers are now completely powered by renewable energy , according to Apple . Apple says it ' s buying some of its energy there and then offsetting that by also purchasing renewable energy credits, which are sold by green- energy providers such as wind farms and solar arrays.

Here’ s that story: Apple is close to its goal of powering all its facilities 100 percent by renewable energy . Its corporate campuses and data centers are now at 94 percent renewable and rising. (In 2010 it was 35 percent.)

a car parked on the side of a building © Provided by Engadget After years of chasing the dream of clean energy, Apple announced that it's facilities are now 100 percent powered by renewable sources. That's up from the 96 percent in 2016, according to its latest energy report. Apple claims the new milestone covers power usage in its stores, offices, data centers and co-located sites across 43 countries. As for manufacturing, it's received commitments from 23 partners (including Pegatron and Quanta Computer) to build Apple products using renewable energy.

To be clear, though, Apple's announcement doesn't mean all of its facilities are directly connected to clean energy. Instead, in some cases the company is putting renewables back into the grid to offset the fossil fuels it uses up. That's something Google is also doing for its offices and data centers. An Apple representative tells us that it also relies on renewable energy certificates (or RECs) for around 34 percent of its usage, while the rest is made up from its own green projects. RECs allow companies to make up for their carbon usage by buying renewable energy. Apple is working towards covering all of its energy needs with its own solutions, the rep says.

Google uses wind and solar to offset all of its operational energy use

  Google uses wind and solar to offset all of its operational energy use It has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of renewable energy.As of now, Google has contracts to purchase three gigawatts of output from solar and wind farms around the world. As part of its green energy efforts, the company has also started publishing an environmental report on its progress and has a website that details its ongoing work.

Although Apple says it hopes to get all facilities running on renewable energy soon, its campuses in Austin, Texas, Sacramento, Calif., and Cork, Ireland, are At its California headquarters, it ' s already using biogas- powered fuel cell and built rooftop solar photovoltaic systems at two building locations.

I'd say it ' s a pretty big accomplishment. Not many companies even attempt what Apple 's doing and approximately 87% of its operations worldwide are now powered by renewable energy power source that doesn't produce or completely offsets its own pollution, isn't a renewable energy source?

The company claims it currently has 25 renewable energy projects in operation around the world, generating 626 megawatts. There are also 15 more projects coming, which in total will give Apple 1.4 gigawatts of green energy production. They include the things you'd expect, like solar arrays and wind farms, as well as newer solutions like biogas fuel cells and micro-hydro systems. And don't forget, the company's new Cupertino "spaceship" campus is powered entirely by renewable energy.

"We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "We're going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it."

Israeli agency investigating Apple over handling of iPhone slowdown .
Israel's consumer protection bureau said on Tuesday it was investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones. The Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority said in a statement it had questioned the head of Apple in Israel, Rony Friedman.A spokesman at the Authority said it had the power to levy significant fines in civil proceedings, but that it was too early to discuss such a possibility.A spokesman for Apple in Israel declined to comment.Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows phones with weak batteries.

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