This week we commented that Tim Cook is now part of a group of CEOs who have come together to improve environmental conditions in China. For now Apple has shown that it is not kidding around.
In a press release, Apple said it has launched two new programs in the country aimed at reducing its partners' carbon footprint in China. The programs will avoid more than 20 million tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, which according to the company is equivalent to taking nearly 4 million cars off Chinese roads a year.
The Apple CEO gave the following statement on the matter:
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the time to act now. The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We passionately believe in leaving the world better than we found it and I hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies will join us in this important effort.
Apple's first program involves a significant expansion of its clean energy investments in China. Apple plans to build more than 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in the northern, eastern and southern regions of China, which will produce the equivalent energy used by more than 265,000 Chinese homes in a year and begin to offset the energy used in the chain Apple's supply chain.
The second is to launch a new initiative to encourage its manufacturing partners to become more efficient in the use of clean energy in their manufacturing operations. Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years.
At the same time, Ma also shares best practices in the acquisition of clean energy and in the construction of high quality renewable energy projects, providing assistance to some suppliers in areas such as energy efficiency audits, regulatory guidelines and building strong partnerships to carry out new energy projects. clean energy China.
As part of the program, Foxconn (one of Apple's main partners) will build a 400 megawatt solar plant, starting in Henan province, in 2018. Foxconn has committed to generating clean energy in the same amount as its Zhengzhou plant consumes in the production of iPhones.
Here is the statement by Terry Gou, founder and CEO of Foxconn Technology Group:
We are excited to embark on this initiative with Apple. Our companies share a vision to promote sustainability and I hope that this renewable energy project will serve as a catalyst for the continuation of efforts to promote a greener ecosystem beyond our industry. Sustainability is a fundamental pillar in Foxconn's strategy and we are committed to investing in green manufacturing.
Now, finally, the statement by Lisa Jackson (vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives at Apple):
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.
Apple also announced that its 40-megawatt solar power project in Sichuan province is now complete. These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple offices and stores in the country, which makes the company completely green in China, at least in relation to its own operations.
According to the statement, Apple has already taken significant steps to protect the environment through the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Today, the company is fueling 100% of its operations in China and the US, and more than 87% of its operations worldwide with renewable energy.