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In a groundbreaking recognition, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, has clinched a spot on TIME’s coveted list of the most influential climate leaders for 2023. Jackson, a stalwart in environmental advocacy, joins an illustrious lineup of personalities shaping the global climate discourse on this year’s TIME100 Climate list.
Before her tenure at Apple, Jackson held the pivotal role of Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during Barack Obama’s presidency. Since joining Apple in 2013, she has played a pivotal role in steering the tech giant’s environmental initiatives, reporting directly to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.
Elevated to the position of Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives in 2015, Jackson’s influence within Apple has grown exponentially. Her presence at key company events has underscored Apple’s commitment to environmental preservation and sustainability.
TIME’s exclusive interview with Lisa Jackson sheds light on Apple’s ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality for all its products by 2030. Jackson advocates for a “simple blueprint” that encourages businesses to reduce emissions from major sources: electricity, materials, and transportation.
Jackson emphasizes that companies can lead the charge in climate progress by cutting greenhouse gas emissions across their value chains. The blueprint she champions involves addressing emissions through a multi-pronged approach, driving investments in frontline communities impacted by the climate crisis.
Recognizing the challenges of curbing transportation-related emissions, Jackson points to promising technologies on the horizon. Apple’s recent commitment to shipping products by ocean, reducing emissions by up to 95%, exemplifies the company’s dedication to innovative solutions.
Lisa Jackson commends California’s groundbreaking Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which mandates detailed carbon emissions reporting by companies. She sees the potential for other states and national governments to adopt similar standards, fostering a harmonized and accountable approach to environmental responsibility.
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Among the distinguished individuals on TIME’s list are Melinda Gates, Mafalda Duarte of the Green Climate Fund, Nemonte Nenquimo from Amazon Frontlines, and Brazil’s environment minister Marina Silva. The inclusion of Apple’s Lisa Jackson underscores the tech giant’s pivotal role in shaping global climate conversations.