Apple has launched a project to encourage its suppliers in China to use clean energy in their manufacturing.
The initiative aims to install two gigawatts of clean energy in the country, in addition the company will share expertise and “hands-on assistance” with vendors on buying renewable power, energy efficiency audits, regulatory guidance and building clean power partnerships.
The electronics firm will also build 200 megawatts of solar projects in northern, eastern and southern China to offset the energy used in its supply chain, the equivalent of power used by 265,000 Chinese homes.
As part of the scheme one of the firm’s contract manufacturers, Foxconn, will build 400 megawatts of solar energy in Henan province by 2018. The supplier’s intention is to generate as much electricity as its operations consume in the production of an iPhone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “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.”
It follows the completion of the construction of solar energy projects in Sichuan province in China that will provide 40 megawatts of electricity, offsetting the power used by Apple’s own offices and stores in China. The projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a combined 20 million tones by 2020.