Plans to reduce the environmental impact of Apple, Google, Microsoft and large technology companies
“A company without carbon emissions in all areas of its business, from suppliers, assembly lines and the life cycle of its products.” It is Apple’s goal for 2030, who has announced a series of measures for the coming years with the intention of reducing its emissions. It is not the only company that is placing the fight against climate change among its theoretical priorities.
The big tech companies have put in place measures and announced their plans to reduce their carbon footprint; from more efficient servers to products with recycled materials. These are its main promises and the respective sustainability reports.
Apple plans to become a zero-carbon company, in all areas of its business, to 2030. Among the goals already achieved is a reduction of its carbon footprint by 4.3 million metric tons in 2019. During the last 11 years, the average energy for the use of the product has been reduced by 73%.
The measures include a low-carbon product design, such as the one already used in the MacBook Pro 16 “, a recycling robot, completely eliminate plastic in your parcel by 2025, a $ 100 million investment in energy efficiency acceleration projects, and a commitment to 70 new clean energy providers. Apple plans to launch new solar panels and will invest in ecosystem restoration projects. This is Apple’s new sustainability report for 2020.
Google explains that they have been achieving carbon neutrality since 2007 and two years where the 100% of the electricity consumed comes from renewable energies, with a total of 3.75 gigawatts purchased. Among the measures that Google is proud of is the use of artificial intelligence to improve efficiency in its data centers or the use of recycled materials in its products.
3.5 million internal components were recycled and 87% of their data center waste ended up far from landfills. Since 2010, Google has invested $ 2.5 billion in renewable energy projects. Since 2019, its products have added recycled material, although Google has not specified a more ambitious goal in this direction. This is Google’s 2019 sustainability report.
Microsoft has also recently announced its intention to become a company with zero carbon footprint by 2030. By 2025, Microsoft plans to use 100% of its energy from renewable sources. Currently 401.2 kWh of energy comes from solar energy. Regarding the use of materials, 92% of its packaging is based on paper or derivatives. This is Microsoft’s sustainability report.
Following the Paris agreements, Amazon plans to become a carbon neutral company in 2040, reaching 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2025 and at least 50% of shipments without a carbon footprint by 2030. Amazon’s goal is to buy 100,000 electric vehicles by 2030 and invest $ 100 million in reforestation. Currently 42% of the energy used by Amazon comes from renewable sources. Since 2015, Amazon has reduced the material weight of its packaging by 33%. This is Amazon’s sustainability report.
Facebook’s goal is to reduce the greenhouse gas footprint by 75% and reach 100% renewable energy by 2020. In 2019 they were at 86%, with more than 5 GW. Which makes them the “largest buyer of renewable energy in the world,” according to the company. Around Menlo Park, 30,000 meals are delivered to the community each week. This is Facebook’s sustainability report.
Samsung reached 92% in the use of renewable energy with 3,220 GWh, expecting to reach 100% by the end of the year. In devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S or its Beskpoke refrigerators were used sustainable materials such as bioplastics and their products are designed to try to be as lightweight as possible. In 2019 GHG gas emissions were reduced by 1,544 tons. This is Samsung’s in-depth 2020 sustainability report.
In 2019, Huawei reports that 1.25 GW of energy comes from renewable sources, with 13.5 million kWh of electricity coming from solar panels in their centers. Together with the organization ‘Rainforest Connection’, Huawei plans to conserve more than 6,000 km2 of forests. Equivalent to other large companies, Huawei is within the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This is Huawei’s sustainability report.
Xiaomi has several internal initiatives to minimize the environmental impact. To reduce the use of plastics, the packaging of Xiaomi products is based on a sheet of paper that saves 40% of material compared to the traditional method, according to the company. Organizations such as Greenpeace have cataloged Xiaomi as a company with low environmental performance. In 2018, problems with one of its suppliers were disclosed. This is Xiaomi’s annual report and its section dedicated to sustainability.
By 2030, Intel promises to achieve a positive use of water together with the use of 100% of energy from renewable sources, as well as an absolute reduction in carbon emissions. In 2020 they have reduced their emissions by 39% and their greenhouse gas emissions by 10%. 71% of its energy comes from renewable sources and 93% of its waste manages to be recycled. Since 2008, Intel has ensured that its supply chain does not use materials from conflict zones and this year they have implemented a system to ensure that suppliers do not use chemicals that are harmful to the environment. This is Intel’s sustainability report.
Sony plans become a company with no carbon footprint by 2050 and that 100% of its energy comes from renewable sources in 2040. The Japanese company explains that the production of semiconductors requires a high amount of electricity and currently the use of renewable energy is only 5%. However, all of Sony’s operations in Europe use 100% clean energy. This is Sony’s sustainability report.
Since 2017, LG promulgates its Smart Green movement, with the goal of planting 47 million trees in Spain. LG also has products aimed at improving sustainability, such as its solar panels for self-consumption.
Among its objectives is to be carbon neutral in your operations by 2030, establish volunteer programs in all the countries operated by LG for the same year and obtain a recycling rate of 95% of waste in production centers. This is LG’s detailed sustainability report.
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