Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives, reaffirmed the company’s stance on renewable and clean energy. In a speech at the summit of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), she supported the plan for a US-wide approach. She is convinced that a change to the Clean Energy Standard will benefit everyone, even if the move worries people who fear for their current jobs.
“Economic opportunities” with the Clean Energy Standard
The Clean Energy Standard is part of an ambitious effort to counteract climate change by investing in infrastructure. In this context, the US government plans, among other things, that companies must purchase more electricity from renewable and other clean sources.
According to Forbes Lisa Jackson spoke about the steps that are being taken now and that companies need clear guidance in order to meet the clean energy requirements. Among other things, Jackson stated:
“We support the adoption of a clean energy standard that we believe will fuel the generation of large amounts of renewable energy, in a way that shows people where they need to get and what they need to get there reach.”
“It will take clear intermediate goals to drive progress along the way,” she continued. “We firmly believe that we need private sector responsibility. We also believe that transparency is really important to build trust. “
Jackson also addressed those concerned about economic disruption and job loss as a result of a shift in environmental outlook, saying:
“It’s an economic opportunity for your region … it won’t take jobs, it will bring opportunities. Overall, we’re better off together, but the government needs to give the communities a seat at the table in these discussions that are taking place. “
Apple itself is in extensive discussions with its suppliers, Jackson added: “We have made it very clear that we ask them to use clean energy by 2030, 100 percent.”