Apple announced that with the completion of its 40 megawatts solar project in Sichuan Province of China, the company has offset the need of its 24 retail stores and 19 offices in China and hence has become “carbon neutral” in China.
Its US operations are already 100% run on renewables and 87% of world operations are carbon neutral.
Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now.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,
said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The company also revealed about other clean energy projects it is working on in China and said that it is working to produce 200 megawatts of power in the northern, southern and eastern grid regions of China. This amount is equivalent to the energy used by more than 265000 Chinese homes in a year. Its solar energy projects between now and 2020 will avoid production of 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas , the equivalent of taking off 4 million cars off the road for a year.
Its manufacturing partner Foxconn is planning to set up 400 megawatts solar energy project in Henan Province to meet the demands of its Zhengzhou factory of iPhones which will be finished by 2018.
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,
said Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou.
Apple has been pretty active with its green initiatives in China, which is known for contributing a major share of the world’s carbon emissions. This includes building solar powered projects as well as its forest conservation practices by using renewable packaging material for its supply chain operations which do not affect forests.