THE United Nations (UN) awarded the Apple in one of the 15 categories of the initiative Climate Action Awards for transitioning to the use of 100% renewable energy in its operations around the world. Officially announced in April last year, this change represents a historic milestone not only for Apple, but for the technology industry as a whole.
According to the UN, the award recognizes "some of the world's best and brightest climate change solutions." The organization's Global Climate Action Program manager, Niclas Svenningsen, said these awards "illuminate the amazing examples of climate action on the planet."
In addition to Apple, other companies and projects around the world have also won in various categories ranging from women's empowerment to the cosmetics industry in which the Brazilian company Natura won the prize "Beauty with Purpose".
Apple is on a mission to make its products without consuming from Earth. The company has transitioned to 100% renewable energy in its offices, retail stores and data centers in 43 countries and is currently encouraging its entire supply chain to embrace sustainable consumption.
Apple's vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, thanked the UN for recognition, also citing the company's millionaire fund for clean energy generation in China:
At Apple, we take seriously our responsibility to make the world better than we find it. By running 100% of our renewable energy operations and driving our entire global supply chain to do the same, we will make more than 6 gigawatts of clean energy next year. From restoring mangrove forests in Colombia to launching a new Clean Energy Fund in China, we know we must continue to challenge ourselves to innovate and do more to address the global climate crisis. Thanks to the United Nations for recognizing our commitment to clean energy and reducing the carbon footprint of our products. We promise to continue leading the necessary climate action initiatives.
Apple's environmental actions were highlighted by the UN the same week as the Cupertino giant opened three new wind farms in China and announced investment in pasture recovery in Africa. In fact, Ma's initiatives go beyond the countries' borders and serve as inspiration to other companies (besides the company's suppliers) around the planet.