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Apple endorses California bill to oblige companies to report carbon footprint

Apple has endorsed a California Senate bill that would require large companies to report the levels of greenhouse gases they emit every year, the senator proposing the measure said, making it the latest major company to do so.

“Throughout our environmental journey, we’ve emphasized the importance of measurement and reporting to help us understand our impact,” said the letter, signed by Apple’s director for state and local government affairs D. Michael Foulkes, a copy of which Senator Scott Wiener posted on Thursday to X, formerly known as Twitter.

Wiener’s bill would require public and private companies with annual revenue in excess of $1 billion who do business in traditionally climate-conscious California to disclose independently verified data on their planet-warming emissions.

“Thank you, Apple, for making clear that this is doable (and) a critically important piece of climate action,” Wiener wrote.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Noting that the legislation currently leaves open the date by which Scope 1 and Scope 2 disclosures – which relate to emissions from operations and those associated with a corporation’s energy use – Apple suggests “leaving sufficient time for data collection, quality control, and third-party review”.

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