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Apple 'set to beat renewable supply chain goal'

Technology giant says more than 5GW of renewable production will be used by suppliers by 2020

Apple claimed it’s on course to beat green energy targets for its supply chain after doubling the number of suppliers signed up for 100%-renewable production.

The US technology giant said 44 suppliers now run all their Apple-related production using clean output, after a clutch of new additions to its all-renewable programme.

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Apple is now set to bring more than 5GW-worth of renewables into its supply chain by 2020, compared with an earlier target of 4GW, the iPhone-maker said.

The new names signed up include SDK, Solvay, STMicroelectronics, Corning and Quadrant.

Apple said last year that all its own global facilities are now covered by 100%-renewable energy.

Apple is among a clutch of US technology majors – Google and Facebook are others – that emerged as early corporate backers of renewables, either by signing deals to power their own operations or investing in projects.

That trend has since been followed by a growing number of industrial corporates, such as automakers GM and Ford.

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