Apple has announced two new programmes aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China.
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The programmes will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly 4 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Apple has also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province is now complete.
These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple’s offices and retail stores in China, making Apple’s operations in China carbon neutral.
‘Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now.
‘The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort.’
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO
First, Apple is significantly expanding its clean-energy investments in China. Apple plans to build more than 200 megawatts of solar projects in the northern, eastern and southern grid regions of China, which will produce the equivalent of the energy used by more by than 265,000 Chinese homes in a year. This will start to offset the energy used in Apple’s supply chain.
Second, Apple is launching a new initiative to drive its manufacturing partners to become more energy efficient and to use clean energy for their manufacturing operations. Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years.
As part of Apple’s programmes, Foxconn will construct 400 megawatts of solar, starting in the Henan Province, by 2018. Foxconn has committed to generate as much clean energy as its Zhengzhou factory consumes in final production of iPhone.
‘We are excited to embark on this initiative with Apple. Our companies share a vision for driving sustainability and I hope that this renewable energy project will serve as a catalyst for continued efforts to promote a greener ecosystem in our industry and beyond.
‘Sustainability is a core pillar in Foxconn’s strategy and we are committed to investing in green manufacturing.’
Terry Gou, founder and CEO of Foxconn Technology Group
Apple is currently powering 100% of its operations in China and the US, and more than 87% of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy.
‘Being responsible, protecting air and water, and driving clean energy are at the heart of Apple’s commitment to China.
‘These projects go beyond Apple’s operations in China to help our suppliers adopt clean renewable energy.’
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives
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