Apple invests in the largest wind farm in the world on dry land, as part of the initiative with which it aims to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030 (Apple itself already is, but wants to extend these conditions to all suppliers and partner for the recycling and disposal of its products). The wind turbines will be located in Denmark, near the city of Esbjerg, and will power the new Viborg datacenter, which will help support services such as the App Store, iMessage, Music, Siri and more and which offers employment to a large number of specialists. technicians, security and maintenance workers from neighboring areas.
The wind turbines will be 200 meters tall and collectively produce 62 GWh per year, which is enough energy to provide power for 20,000 homes throughout the year. All the energy that will not be used by the Viborg datacenter will be poured into the national electricity grid. Apple also takes the opportunity to report some progress made by some European suppliers:
- Varta (Germany) just this week committed to making all components for Apple with energy from renewable sources only
- Solvay (Belgium) has been part of Apple's zero-emissions initiative for five years, and is beginning to expand its use of renewables only to peripheral operations
- DSM Engineering Materials (Netherlands) has recently signed a wind power purchase agreement
- STMicroelectronics (Switzerland) has inaugurated a car park with solar panels at its headquarters in Morocco
- Feeds not better specified also for Henkel and Tesa
Since the Apple Supplier Clean Energy Program started 5 years ago, 72 partners have made a commitment to use only renewables for Apple products. When the whole process is completed, this commitment will save up to 14.3 million tons of carbon dioxide per year – the equivalent of 3 million cars that disappear from circulation.