Apple CEO Tim Cook urges companies to take action on climate change at United Nations Summit

Apple CEO Tim Cook used his speech at the UN Climate Ambition Summit as an opportunity to discuss the company’s initiatives to be greener, as well as encouraging other leaders and companies to push for a “carbon-neutral economy”.

The summit, held on the fifth anniversary of the national Paris climate agreements, is billed as “bringing leaders together who are ready to make new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement, five years since it was adopted on December 12, 2015.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook urges companies to take action against climate change at United Nations Summit

Speaking to the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday, Tim Cook says Apple wears its presence amongst the advocates and leaders present at the summit as “a badge of duty,” he goes on to say that every leader of nations, of companies, and of communities, “has a particular burden to act” on the environment.”

He goes on to mention how Apple became carbon neutral for its corporate emissions and is helping 95 of its suppliers to transition to 100% renewable energy. Cook also promises that Apple will become barcon neutral throughout its entire supply chain and product usage by 2030.

“The choice between the bottom line and the future of our planet is a false one, and each new green innovation offers the proof,” Cook said. He goes on to say, “together, we can transition to a carbon-neutral economy and usher in a new era of inclusive opportunity.”

Tim Cook’s full speech:

“Thank you to all of the advocates and leaders joining us today.

This is an important gathering, and we at Apple don’t take our presence in this group lightly. We wear it as a badge of duty. At this moment of historic urgency, every leader of nations, of companies, and of communities has a particular burden to act.

This year, Apple has accelerated our progress. We became carbon neutral for our worldwide corporate emissions. Already, we’re helping 95 of our suppliers transition to 100% renewable energy, a number we continue to grow.

We’ve unveiled a plan, unrivaled in its ambition, to achieve carbon neutrality for our entire supply chain and product usage by 2030 — 20 years before the goal set by the United Nations. We see every part of our device lifecycle, from design, to manufacturing, to durability and repair, to recycling, as an opportunity for environmental innovation, moving us towards our goal of a closed-loop supply chain.

The choice between the bottom line and the future of our planet is a false one, and each new green innovation offers the proof.

This is no time for changes of the margins. Together, we can transition to a carbon-neutral economy and usher in a new era of inclusive opportunity.

This is a moment for ambition, cooperation, and leadership. We at Apple are proud to be your partner, and we call on companies and governments around the world to do all we can to make 2021 the year we turn the corner for good.”

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