Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced on Wednesday that it had doubled its use of renewable energy this year. That did not go unnoticed at Apple, as the company’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, Lisa P. Jackson congratulated TSMC via Twitter.
Big step in green manufacturing. Congrats to supplier TSMC!
TSMC Doubles Its Green Power Purchase to 200 million kWh https://t.co/7BARfHwTPq
— Lisa P. Jackson (@lisapjackson) June 16, 2016
From the TSMC Press Release:
… the Company will purchase 200 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power in 2016 compared to the previous year’s purchase of 100 million kWh, further supporting Taiwan’s renewable energy development and environmentally friendly low-carbon measures.
This purchase accounts for 20% of the green power made available for purchase by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Bureau of Energy in 2016. As the power generation process for the electricity available under this program causes virtually no carbon emissions, the purchase of 200 million kWh in green power will reduce carbon emissions by more than 100 million kilograms, equivalent to the carbon absorbed by 10 million trees in one year.
TSMC went on to say it is committed to “to environmentally sustainable operations, and pursues continuous improvement in its capabilities in green buildings, green fabs, green manufacturing, green supply chain, and more.”
“The impact of climate change caused by global warming on human health, lifestyles, and the economy is one of the most important issues facing businesses today,” said TSMC Spokesperson and Senior Vice President Lora Ho. “Our hope is to contribute to the development of renewable energy and care for the Earth to adapt to climate change. TSMC does its utmost to use energy at the highest efficiency, and adopts initiatives that are friendly towards the environment. This year, we have purchased green power once again to take concrete action towards reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the greenhouse effect.”
Apple has long been committed to the use of renewable energy, working to ensure that the lion’s share of its operations all run on green energy. Apple has also worked with suppliers to help them make the shift to clean, renewable power sources.