Apple celebrates 40 years in Australia with new energy and education initiatives
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Tim Cook has announced a series of grants, coding opportunities and renewable energy goals as Apple marks its fourth decade in Australia.
As it did with 40 years in France and then Singapore, Apple chose to celebrate its anniversary in Australia by expanding its work there.
“We are proud to celebrate Apple’s long history in Australia,” Cook said in a statement, “and to deepen our shared commitment to protecting the planet and creating opportunity in people’s lives.”
“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful partners, colleagues and customers across this country,” he continued, “and we will continue to work together to make the world a fairer and more just place to all.”
Key to Apple’s plans for Australia is a new renewable energy project that aims to accelerate Apple’s progress towards its 2030 climate target. Apple is buying clean energy from a new wind farm in Queensland, and the intention is to use it to “meet the energy customers use to power”.
“At Apple, we recognize the urgent need to address the climate crisis,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, “and we are accelerating our global work to ensuring that our products have a net zero climate footprint over their entire life cycle.”
“We are proud to play a part in Australia’s transition to a cleaner energy grid,” she continued, “and excited that Apple will soon be supporting Australian customers’ use of their favorite products with clean energy.”
The Upper Burdekin Wind Farm is Apple’s second project to provide power for users to charge their devices, after the company announced a solar energy project in Texas.
Coding iOS apps
Along with the energy metrics, Apple also announced what it describes as an expanded partnership with RMT University Melbourne (RMIT) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS). With each university, Apple launches various courses from its Develop in Swift program.
“RMIT is proud to launch the Apple Foundation program in 2023,” said the University’s Calum Drummond AO. “We believe this program will have a significant impact in supporting Australia’s innovation economy and its rapidly growing tech sector by encouraging more learners to gain coding and development skills and knowledge. iOS apps.”
“UTS is excited to work with Apple to deliver engaging learning experiences that build the skills needed to empower and empower future digital professionals,” said Andrew Parfitt, Vice Chancellor and President of UTS. “It is imperative that learners of all ages and backgrounds be equipped with coding skills as part of their broader education in school and later in life.”
Apple’s anniversary celebrations also include new commitments under its existing Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). New commitments include the launch of an Impact Accelerator, supporting equity and opportunity in the environmental sector.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to creating a more equitable world,” said Alisha Johnson, director of Apple’s REJI. “Expanding the company’s racial equity and justice initiative to Australia is part of a long-term commitment by Apple to help support Australia’s Indigenous community by working with organizations causing significant change.”
Separately, Apple – and Google – have opposed antitrust reforms proposed by the Australian government.