THE Apple announced yesterday that one of its biggest suppliers in China, the Lens Technology, committed to using 100% renewable energy in its glass production operations for Ma until 2018.
Lens is the first supplier to commit to clean energy in all Apple products and will meet its goal through an unprecedented energy purchase agreement with local wind projects.
Since 2015, Apple has followed a standard that aims to make sure that all material used in manufacturing is reused, recycled, transformed into fertilizer or energy. In the official note, Ma announced that 14 of these locations in the country are following this rule and almost 140 thousand tons of waste have already been landfilled.
We want to show the world that it is possible to manufacture responsibly and we are working with our suppliers to help them reduce the environmental impact in China. We congratulate Lens for its courageous initiative and we hope that by sharing the lessons we learned during our transition to renewable energy, our suppliers will continue to access clean energy projects, bringing China closer to its goals to make its production greener.
Lisa Jackson, vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives at Apple.
Apple has been very engaged in environmental programs in China. In October 2015, two programs were launched that will help reduce carbon emissions during manufacturing and prevent over 20 million tons of greenhouse gas pollution from affecting the country by 2020.
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Still on China, Tim Cook (CEO of Ma) visited the country again and, as always, shared photos and comments on the social network Weibo.
Below, a commentary on the famous Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei:
Nihao, Beijing! great to be back. I started my trip today visiting the incomparable Guo Pei. Very happy to see how his team is using the iPad Pro while Guo Pei creates his designs for the new collection.
In spite of this, it appears that Cook was not just out for a walk. THE Reuters informed that he would have commented to Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli that Apple would open a new research and development (R&D) center in the country, but there is still no exact confirmation or prediction of when this will happen.