Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, has been honored as one of the most influential climate leaders of 2023 by TIME magazine. Her inclusion in this year’s TIME100 Climate list places her among other notable figures driving global environmental change.
From EPA Administrator to Apple’s Environmental Vanguard
Before her tenure at Apple, Jackson served as the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama. Joining Apple in 2013, she has been instrumental in steering the company’s environmental strategies, working directly under CEO Tim Cook.
In 2015, Jackson ascended to her current role, becoming a key spokesperson for Apple’s environmental initiatives. Her presence at numerous Apple events underscores the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
TIME’s Exclusive Interview: Jackson’s Vision for a Sustainable Future
In an exclusive interview with TIME, Jackson discussed Apple’s ambitious goal to achieve carbon neutrality across all products by 2030. She urged other companies to adopt a similar approach, offering a “simple blueprint” for significant emissions reduction.
This blueprint focuses on three primary emission sources: electricity, materials, and transportation. Jackson emphasized the role of businesses in leading climate progress by reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout their value chains and investing in nature-based carbon removal, especially in communities most affected by climate change.
Tackling Transportation Emissions and Praising California’s Climate Law
Acknowledging the challenge of transportation-related emissions, Jackson highlighted emerging technologies with the potential to address this issue. Apple’s recent shift to ocean shipping for more products, reducing emissions by up to 95%, exemplifies this approach.
Jackson also lauded the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, a new California law mandating detailed carbon emissions reporting for companies. She sees this as a model for other states and nations to adopt similar standards, fostering greater transparency and accountability in corporate environmental practices.
A Leader Shaping the Climate Agenda
Lisa Jackson’s recognition by TIME as a leading climate influencer reflects her significant impact at Apple and beyond. Her leadership and vision are not only shaping Apple’s environmental policies but also influencing broader corporate approaches to sustainability and climate action.