Apple further staked out its environmental leadership position in the world of technology on Thursday. The company updated its Environmental Progress report, and the top claim is that the company is that 75 percent of the energy used in its global corporate facilities comes from renewable sources.
Apple Renewable Energy Graph
The company also reported that its data centers are now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The company said that it is using solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy to power these facilities, and touted the solar and fuel cell installations it has built in North Carolina to power the massive data center in Maiden.
The report is 16 pages long, and includes a number of different categories of information. For instance, the company said that by reducing iPhone packaging by 28 percent, it can ship up to 60 percent more boxes per airline shipping container. That translates to a savings of one 747 flight per 416,667 iPhones shipped.
Apple has also broken down its environmental footprint by product, shown in percentage terms how its environmental foot print is spread out (61 percent is manufacturing, 30 percent is product use, and 2 percent is facilities), and offered a year-by-year list of improvements it has made going back to 1990.