The most popular apple in the world has come a long way since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, revolutionizing personal technology, till the latest iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. The Cupertino giant, for quite some time, is also particularly attentive to environmental sustainability.
In line with this project, it has recently announced two new programs aimed to reduce carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020. Apple is significantly expanding its investment in clean energy on Chinese soil, installing several solar panels which will produce the equivalent of the energy used by more by than 265,000 Chinese homes in a year, and will begin to offset the energy used in Apple’s supply chain.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, emphasizes that "Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now. 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."
One of these partners converted to green is Foxconn, who will construct 400 megawatts of solar. Today, Apple is powering 100 percent of its operations in China and the US, and more than 87 percent of its worldwide operations, with renewable energy. Moreover, in China, Apple operates 19 corporate offices and 24 retail stores in Greater China, directly employing 10.000 people.