Apple commits to running operation 100% by renewable energy as well as to achieving zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites. These commitments are all about to lower Apple’s carbon footprint for a better world.
Today, Apple announced new achievements in China regarding the sustainability targets. Through its clean energy program, Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2GW of new clean energy in the coming years, avoiding over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020.
In addition to developing and investing in solar projects on its own, Apple encourages (or requires) its business partners among the supply chain to create a more sustainable manufacturing. Foxconn committed in last October to construct 400MW of solar, starting in Henan province, by 2018. The manufacturer is now well on its way to constructing the first 80MW of that commitment. Furthermore, Foxconn’s final assembly sites at Guanlan and Taiyuan were the first in China to receive UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation.
Lens Technology, also supplier of Apple in China, has committed to power all of its glass production for Apple with 100% renewable energy by the end of 2018, as part of Apple’s supply chain clean energy program. By now, Lens has become the first supplier to make a clean energy commitment for all of its Apple production, and will meet its goal through an unprecedented power purchase agreement with local wind projects.
Thanks to efforts of Apple’s suppliers in China, all 14 of Apple’s final assemble sites in China are now compliant with UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation.
“We applaud innovative companies, like Apple, that are leading by actively reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing operations,” said UL president and CEO Keith Williams. “Achieving zero waste is an extensive effort that requires close coordination across all facets of a company’s operations, especially when the commitment is global.”
Apple’s certificated sites has diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills, under UL’s standard.
(Photo: screenshot of Apple's environment)