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Apple to spend €1.7bn on European data centres

Facilities in Ireland and Denmark to run on 100% renewable energy

Apple to spend €1.7bn on European data centres
Cupertino claimed that these facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.

Apple today announced that it plans to build two sustainable data centres in Europe - one in Ireland, the other in Denmark - at a cost of €1.7bn.

The new facilities will host Apple's online services in Europe, the company said, adding that the two facilities would both be run on "100% renewable energy".

"We are grateful for Apple's continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

"This significant new investment represents Apple's biggest project in Europe to date. We're thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating hundreds of local jobs and introducing some of our most advanced green building designs yet."

As well as building out the new, green facilities, Apple said it would also work with local partners to develop other renewable energy projects. Cupertino claimed that, as a result, these facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.

"We believe that innovation is about leaving the world better than we found it, and that the time for tackling climate change is now," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environmental Initiatives.

"We're excited to spur green industry growth in Ireland and Denmark and develop energy systems that take advantage of their strong wind resources. Our commitment to environmental responsibility is good for the planet, good for our business and good for the European economy."

The two data centres, each measuring 166,000 square metres, are expected to begin operations in 2017, Apple said.

This announcement comes off the back of news last month that Apple is set to convert its failed Sapphire factory, in Arizona, USA, into a sustainable data centre. That facility will be built to the tune of $2bn, and will serve as the command centre for the company's other data centres around the world.

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