Apple and renewable sources in Europe

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Apple and renewable sources in Europe

Like many other companies, Apple is also planning the future with regard to renewable energy, trying to fight climate change by adopting a zero-emissions policy.This time the company did it in Europe, in Denmark and in Germany.

It will invest in the construction of two coastal wind turbines near the Danish town of Esbjerg, which will be among the largest in the world and will generate 62 GWh annually, an amount of energy sufficient to power approximately 20,000 homes.

They will also serve as a test site for powerful offshore wind farms. The energy produced in Esbjerg will be used to power the Apple data center in Viborg, and the surplus will be fed into the Danish electricity grid.

Apple is planning the future with regard to renewable energy

Additionally, this week, German supplier Varta pledged to use only renewable energy for Apple manufacturing.

Apple supply chain companies across Europe are working on solutions to obtain clean energy for Apple productions. Among these, Henkel and tesa SE, also in Germany, DSM Engineering Materials in the Netherlands, STMicroelectronics in Switzerland and Solvay in Belgium.

Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives said in a statement: "It's an area where we need to be at the forefront, for the sake of the environment and future generations."

Only last month, Apple announced its plan to achieve carbon neutrality in every aspect of its business, supply chain and product lifecycle by 2030. Meanwhile in the last ten years, only 2% of renewable energy installed worldwide was in Africa.

Why only 2% of global RE in Africa? Five years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and with only ten years for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the strategic analysis highlights how Africa is the region that has experienced the least development in the energy sector in the last decade.

The situation that emerges by a study shows a continent characterized by sustained demographic and economic growth, particularly dynamic in terms of urbanization and digitization. This low energy consumption is also mostly linked to residential activities: less than a quarter of consumption is due to production activities, mostly concentrated in South Africa and in the northern part of the continent.

In the face of these data, the study highlights the incredible (and unused) African potential in terms of clean energy. In fact, Africa enjoys abundant renewable energy resources, increasingly cheaper, mostly represented by bioenergy, hydroelectric, photovoltaic and wind power.

This potential renewable energy capacity could generate up to 24,000 TWh of electricity annually, corresponding to 90% of the world's electricity production in 2018 and more than 26 times that currently generated by the continent.