Apple to build new data center in Waukee, Iowa; facility will run entirely on renewable energy

Facility Outside Des Moines Will Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Des Moines, Iowa, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (AUGUST 24, 2017) announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.

Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 construction and operations jobs in the Des Moines area, and the company is contributing up to $100 million to a newly created Public Improvement Fund dedicated to community development and infrastructure around Waukee.

“At Apple, we’re always looking at ways to deliver even better experiences for our customers. Our new data center in Iowa will help serve millions of people across North America who use Siri, iMessage, Apple Music and other Apple services — all powered by renewable energy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple is responsible for 2 million jobs in all 50 states and we’re proud today’s investment will add to the more than 10,000 jobs we already support across Iowa, providing even more economic opportunity for the community.”

The new Public Improvement Fund, to be established and managed by the City of Waukee, will support the development of community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs. The first project the fund will support is construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus featuring a greenhouse, playground, fishing pier and fields for high school and public sporting events.

Apple will be working with local partners to invest in renewable energy projects from wind and other sources to power the data center. Apple has pledged to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy, and has already reached that goal in the US and 23 other countries.

“We’re honored Apple is choosing Iowa for the site of its most technologically advanced data center to date,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “Apple’s commitment to innovation and renewable energy leadership mirrors our own. This investment in our state is vital as we continue to develop as a technology hub and grow our workforce.”

“Waukee is proud to welcome Apple,” said Waukee Mayor Bill Peard. “This new facility will bring with it high-quality jobs and important infrastructure developments for the city. We look forward to a continued partnership with Apple on this effort for decades to come.”

Construction on the data center is expected to start early next year and Apple plans to bring it online in 2020.

Apple is one of the biggest job creators in the United States, responsible for 2 million jobs. Last year, Apple spent over $50 billion with more than 9,000 US suppliers and manufacturers. Since the launch of the App Store in 2008, US developers have earned over $16 billion in App Store sales worldwide.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Lens Technology commits to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy; advancing China’s transition to new green economy

Beijing, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (August 17, 2016) announced a significant commitment by major supplier Lens Technology to run its Apple operations on entirely renewable energy. This unprecedented commitment, combined with zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites, furthers Apple’s efforts to help manufacturers lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste in China, helping to advance China’s transition to a new green economy.

Lens Technology has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple’s industry-leading supply chain clean energy program announced last year. Lens is the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects.

Apple is working with suppliers to help transform the environmental landscape in China, and is proud to announce all 14 of its final assembly sites in China are now compliant with UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation. The UL standard certifies all of their manufacturing waste is reused, recycled, composted, or, when necessary, converted into energy. Since the program began in January 2015, the sites have diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills.

“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We congratulate Lens for their bold step, and hope by sharing the lessons we’ve learned in our transition to renewable energy, our suppliers will continue to access clean power projects, moving China closer to its green manufacturing goals.”

“Our power purchase agreement is the first of its kind in southern China and we hope it will serve as an example for other companies looking to transition to cleaner, more economical sources of power,” said Lens CEO Zhou Qunfei. “We’re pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy, and proud to source from local Hunan wind farms to power our facilities in Changsha.”

Lens’ manufacturing with Apple currently includes two facilities in Changsha, Hunan province. Wind energy will cover 100 percent of the energy consumed producing Apple products at Lens facilities by 2018, avoiding nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to the energy use in 380,000 Chinese homes.

Through its clean energy program, Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years, avoiding over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020. Foxconn committed in October to construct 400 megawatts of solar, starting in Henan province, by 2018. The manufacturer is now well on its way to constructing the first 80 megawatts of that commitment.

Earlier this year, Foxconn final assembly sites at Guanlan and Taiyuan were the first in China to receive UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation. With the recent addition of 12 manufacturing sites, all of Apple’s final assembly production in China is now zero waste compliant.

“We applaud innovative companies, like Apple, that are leading by actively reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing operations,” said UL president and CEO Keith Williams. “Achieving zero waste is an extensive effort that requires close coordination across all facets of a company’s operations, especially when the commitment is global.”

Apple has taken significant steps to protect the environment by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in China and the US, and more than 93 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.

Learn more about Apple’s environmental efforts at apple.com/environment.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Kingfisher to invest £50 million in renewable energy to reduce its energy consumption by 10%

LONDON, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has unveiled plans to invest £50 million in renewable energy as part of a plan to reduce its energy consumption from the national grid by 10% in the next two years.

The investment will be spent on a range of renewable technologies. The roll-out of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will commence immediately in the UK and France on distribution centres and selected stores, and is expected to be rolled-out to the majority of the 10 countries in which Kingfisher operates. Other future renewable energy sources will include air source heat pumps, combined heat and power boilers and new fuel cell generation.

The investment decision was made following the completion of a PV installation at the Screwfix head office and contact centre in Yeovil this summer, which has been performing well. More than a third of the contact centre’s power is now generated by its solar panel installation.

Kingfisher led the Net Positive movement in 2012 when it launched its ambition to do more than minimise its negative impact, redesigning its business to have a positive impact on the world. The organisation has an aspiration for every Kingfisher store and customer’s home to be zero carbon or generate more energy than it consumes by 2050 and has already reduced its property portfolio’s energy intensity by 17% – delivering its 2016 milestone ahead of schedule.

Richard Gillies, Sustainability Director for Kingfisher said: “We hope our renewables investment helps demonstrate to the world’s leaders discussing the climate deal this week that leading businesses want a sustainable future, and to see the right deal in Paris.

“This renewables investment is part of our Net Positive journey to transform our business to be a force for good. There’s plenty more we can do but business needs stability and certainty to make these types of long-term investment decisions. That’s why we need leadership in Paris – it’s the key to enabling the consistent national policies and incentives business needs to invest.”

Notes to Editors

1.    The range of renewable technology deployed will be predominately PV based but will also include a mix of: air source heat pumps; combined solar thermal with gas absorption pumps; combined heat and power boilers; and new fuel cell generation.

2.    The business has reduced its energy intensity by 17% since 2010/11.

3.    Between 4 and 10 December, Kingfisher’s retail brands, Castorama and Brico Dépôt, will have a stand at the ‘Solutions COP21’ exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris during the COP 21 climate talks in December. The free exhibition is open to all, and will showcase the many products, services, processes and innovations either existing or under development throughout the world to fight climate change and its impact. We’ll also be helping people understand what it is they can do to reduce emissions from their homes by providing help and advice, accompanied by eco product offers in our French and UK stores.

4.    Kingfisher is a proud supporter of the We Mean Business coalition, through our membership of the Corporate Leaders Group and BSR, all looking to secure the right deal in Paris.

5.    Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company which operates nearly 1,200 stores in 10 countries in Europe. Its main brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also operates the Koçtaş joint venture in Turkey.  The business exists to help and inspire millions of people to improve their homes and believes that because people’s homes are so central to their lives, improving their homes means improving their lives. The business employs some 79,000 people and serves nearly six million customers in store and online every week. It is dedicated to achieving growth in a sustainable way and is working to integrate sustainability into all it does so that sustainability becomes business as usual.

6.    For more information about Kingfisher and it’s Net Positive ambition visit www.kingfisher.com and www.kingfisher.com/netpositive

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

 

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Kingfisher to invest £50 million in renewable energy to reduce its energy consumption by 10%

Work in progress: solar panels going on the roof of the Screwfix Distribution Centre in Trentham

bol.com to start the construction of its own fulfillment center in Waalwijk, the Netherlands in 2016

In 2016, bol.com will start the construction of its own fulfillment center in Waalwijk, the Netherlands that will put it in a better position to keep growing and innovating. This expansion will enable customers to choose from an even broader assortment, while they will be able to count on the fastest delivery and the best possible service.

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2015-7-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new fulfillment center, which will have a floor space of some 50,000 square meters, will open its doors in 2017. It is expected to create around 1,000 new jobs in the Waalwijk area. Docdata, bol.com’s current fulfillment partner, will continue to support bol.com at the new location, and will be responsible for HR and day-to-day management, as well as innovation development.

Convenience and choice

“To make sure our customers and partners can keep relying on bol.com as the best online store, continuous growth and innovation are essential,” says Daniel Ropers, Managing Director of bol.com. “We’re always expanding our assortment, and our customers expect fast and reliable delivery. Our current fulfillment center’s capacity is limited. The new center will give us plenty of extra space to keep growing. We’ll also be able to develop even more innovative concepts that maximize convenience and choice for our customers.”

Innovative services

Examples of innovative services already introduced by bol.com are “Vandaag Ophalen” (“Pick up Today”), which allows customers to pick up orders they place before noon on the same day at Albert Heijn stores, and “Logistiek via bol.com” (“Logistics via bol.com”). The latter service makes it possible for bol.com’s selling partners to outsource their stock management and distribution. “Our own fulfillment center enables us to keep expanding innovative services like this,” says Daniel.

Sustainable solutions

The construction of the new fulfillment center will be characterized by sustainable and environmentally friendly choices and solutions, with a focus on energy efficiency and an optimized work climate. For example, the building will make use of recycled water and renewable energy.

 

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bol.com to start the construction of its own fulfillment center in Waalwijk, the Netherlands in 2016

bol.com to start the construction of its own fulfillment center in Waalwijk, the Netherlands in 2016

Wegmans turned more than 2.5 million pounds of food scraps into clean, renewable energy in 2014 together with Lawnhurst Farms, Noblehurst Farms and Natural Upcycling

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-4-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every now and then, looking for a solution to one problem leads to better answers on several fronts. Eleven Wegmans stores in the Greater Rochester area are sending food waste to two dairy farms to be turned into energy and useful byproducts, thanks to a technology known as anaerobic digestion. The initiative involves a partnership that includes Wegmans, Lawnhurst Farms, Noblehurst Farms, and Natural Upcycling, a hauling company that specializes in collecting food scraps that can be fuel for renewable sources of energy. In 2014, Wegmans turned more than 2.5 million pounds of food scraps into clean, renewable energy.

Wegmans recently produced a video to help explain the process.

One of Wegmans’ Buffalo stores is also piloting the program and more will follow. Four Syracuse stores will begin a pilot in May. By early 2016, Wegmans hopes that 32 of its New York stores will be participating in this program. Other Wegmans stores are already diverting food scraps away from landfills to compost or animal feed producers

Collecting food scraps: At participating Rochester Wegmans stores, employees in the bakery, produce, sub shop, cheese shop, coffee, floral and prepared foods departments put what’s headed for the “digester” into collection totes that roll on wheels. Into the totes go foods that can’t be donated, like coffee grounds, baked goods, fruit and vegetable peelings, and damaged produce. When full, the totes roll out to a loading dock. Natural Upcycling, based in Linwood NY, empties the totes onto the truck, sanitizes the totes with a power-washer system built into the truck so they can be reused at the store, and then heads to the next store. Once full, the truck heads to the “digester” at Noblehurst Farms in Linwood or Lawnhurst Farms in Stanley NY.

Turning scraps into energy: Two years ago, Lawnhurst Farms, a fourth-generation, family-owned dairy farm near Canandaigua, unveiled a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester to manage waste from the 1,400 cows on the farm, and to generate electricity through the capture of methane released during the digestion process. The digester had spare capacity, and the Jensen family, co-owners of the farm, wanted to supplement manure from the cows with food waste to produce more energy and useful byproducts. That’s where Wegmans’ scraps fill in. At full capacity, the digester can produce enough electricity to power 400 households for a year. This electricity not only powers the farm, but also generates excess energy that the local utility company buys.

Wegmans’ partnership with Noblehurst Farms follows the same process for anaerobic digestion.

Anaerobic digestion is a biological process that occurs when bacteria decompose organic matter in the absence of oxygen. As the bacteria work, biogas (mostly methane) is released. The digester collects the biogas and pipes it underground for cooling. Then it’s pressurized, metered and fed into a heat and power unit that yields heat for the digester, farm buildings, and the farm’s milking parlor. The waste remaining, after controlled anaerobic decomposition, is low in odor and rich in nutrients. The liquid can fertilize soil, and the solid “digestate” can be used as bedding for the cows, or spread on fields to add organic matter to the soil, improving its structure.

“The real advantage of these partnerships is that the benefits are broadly shared,” says Wegmans Sustainability Manager Jason Wadsworth. “The process is easier, safer and more efficient for our people, it helps to reduce carbon emissions generated by landfills, helps farmers in our community achieve their sustainability goals, and creates a whole new business model for farmers and food waste haulers, adding jobs to our region. This is the very definition of sustainability and a project that the whole community can feel good about.” Specifically,

  • Diverting food from landfills means less methane gas escaping into the atmosphere. (Methane, a byproduct of decomposition, is a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide.)
  • Because the anaerobic digester is a closed system, it captures the methane produced as food scraps and farm waste decompose, turning it into renewable energy.

Day-to-day practices count too

“What a waste management technology like anaerobic digestion can do is exciting,” Wadsworth says, “but everyday practices that cut down on what goes to the landfill matter too.”

When Wegmans produce employees spot a misshapen apple that customers might not buy, they check with the culinary team to see if there’s a good use for it – perhaps as a crunchy addition to a salad or another recipe. That’s one apple that feeds someone, instead of ending up in a landfill.

Wegmans also partners with local food banks and pantries near its stores, sending donations of day-old bread, not-quite-perfect produce, yogurt near the sale date, and other items. In 2014, approximately 15 million pounds of food from Wegmans’ 85 stores (333 tractor trailers) went to people in need rather than to a landfill.

“If something can’t be used at the store or donated, it goes into the collection tote. We are always asking ourselves how we can do a better job of bringing food’s goodness to people, in ways that are   better for the environment,” says Wadsworth. “We’re committed to finding sustainable uses for food scraps. It’s the right thing to do for a lot of reasons.”

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

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