Feeds

Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

Cupertino's latest torus attraction to be 'best office building ever built'

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Vid Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer made a rare press-conference appearance after the Cupertino city council approved Apple Campus 2, extolling the green credentials of his company's 2.8m sq foot, $5bn "spaceship."

"We're going to build the best office building ever built in the world," Oppenheimer modestly told the lightly attended event, carefully answering each and every question with what appeared to be well-prepared responses, oft-peppered with buzzterms such as "innovate", "collaborate", "team", and the like.

But it was when discussing the environmental aspects of Apple Campus 2 that Oppenheimer warmed to his task. "It will be the most environmentally friendly building of its size we think has ever been built and may ever be built," he said.

Seventy per cent of the electricty used by the complex will be created on-site through photovoltaics and fuel cells, he said, with the remaining 30 per cent provided by "green sources" in California.

"So there won't be one atom of carbon emitted into the environment as a result of our operating Apple Campus 2," Oppenheimer, seen speaking below, promised.

Apple CTO Peter Oppenheimer speaking at a Press Conference at the Cupertino City Council

Water use being being a highly contentious subject in a state with a large share of desert conditions, Oppenheimer was careful to touch upon that controvertial subject, promising that Apple will be "very, very efficient" with its use of water for landscaping.

"We're returning a 175-acre site to its natural state with native plants, trees, and other vegetation that will be great for the environment," he said. Native plants are a cause célèbre among California greens, with the San Francisco Bay Area widely overrun by invasive species.

Oppenheimer also sought to assure Cupertinians that Apple was in it for the long run, frequently repeating the phrase "for decades to come" in constructions such as, "It will be a place for the best team in the industry to innovate for decades to come."

He also channeled his boss Tim Cook in his repetition of the word "collaborative." In response to a question about the return on investment that such a pricey edifice will bring to investors, for example, he said, "The innovation that will come from the team, particularly in the collaborative environment that we're going to build, will be immeasurable."

Of course, no such event would be complete without a glance to the heavens and an invocation of the departed deity. "I think Steve would be very, very proud today," Oppenhiemer opined. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.