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Aerial view of the solar projects Apple built with SunPower in China. Photo: Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images

Apple said Monday that all of its worldwide operations — ranging from retail stores to offices to data centers — are now powered exclusively by renewable energy.

Why it matters: It's a major example in the wider trend of companies getting substantial amounts of electricity directly from renewable projects, not just buying emissions credits or carbon offsets.

In addition to announcing that their direct operations are 100% renewable-powered, Apple also said that nine more of its suppliers have made that commitment for their Apple-related work, bringing the total to 23.

Timing: Apple's announcement comes just days after Google said it met 100% of its worldwide power needs with renewables for the first time last year, though there's no evidenced the announcements are linked.

  • For Apple, the supplier pledges are a key part. About three-fourth's of the company's total carbon footprint is from manufacturing, and the emissions from electricity to power those facilities is a major reason why.

One level deeper: The company said it has 25 renewable power projects worldwide and another 15 under construction. When completed, it will total over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity across 11 countries, Apple said.

  • For a sense of scale, the U.S. added a total of 10.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic generating capacity last year, according to the industry's main trade group.

On the record: Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP for the environment, policy and social initiatives, said the 100% renewables level for Apple's direct operations meets a goal set almost 10 years ago.

“You do not have to choose between a healthy company and a healthy environment, and this is proof of it.”
— Jackson, who was President Obama’s first EPA administrator, tells Axios.

What's next: Jackson told Axios she'll be focused on topics including...

  • Preventing "backsliding" from the 100% renewables level as the company adds more facilities.
  • Continuing work with suppliers to bring more renewable power online, with the goal of 4 gigawatts by 2020.
  • Continuing to work on other ways to lower Apple's carbon output, such as using more recycled materials and working with suppliers on less carbon-intensive processes.

Go deeper: Fast Company has a detailed look at Apple's renewable power efforts here.

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American men plead guilty to helping former Nissan chair escape Japan

Carlos Ghosn, former Nissan chair, during a news conference in Jounieh, Lebanon, last September. Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Americans Michael Taylor and Peter Taylor pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court Monday to helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn escape Japan in a box aboard a plane in 2019, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest when he fled to Lebanon. He denies any wrongdoing.

Reports: Trump DOJ subpoenaed Apple for records of WH counsel Don McGahn

Former White House counsel Don McGahn leaves Capitol Hill after a closed-door meeting with the House Judiciary Committee on June 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Apple told former Trump administration White House counsel Don McGahn last month that the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed information about accounts of his in 2018, the New York Times first reported Sunday.

Why it matters: Although it's unclear why the DOJ took the action, such a move against a senior lawyer representing the presidency is highly unusual.

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Victim dies after downtown Austin mass shooting

Police barricades near the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

A 25-year-old man died Sunday of injuries sustained in a mass shooting that wounded 13 other people in downtown Austin, Texas, the previous day, police confirmed.

The latest: Austin police named the victim as Douglas John Kantor, as they continued to search for one of two suspects. One suspect was taken into custody on Saturday following the shooting on 6th Street, a popular area with bars and restaurants.