Apple to Invest in Chinese Solar Energy Projects to Slash 20 Million Tons of Emissions

An Apple logo hangs above the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Apple will invest in 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and has pledged to work with factories in the region to source more renewable energy and improve their energy efficiency.

The tech giant, who base the majority of their manufacturing operations in China recently come under criticism due to the heavy pollution caused by its Chinese suppliers. The new energy project will offset the carbon produced by Apple’s supply chain in the region, where much of the electricity is produced from coal.

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Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said “the 200 megawatts projects will produce the equivalent of the energy used by more by than 265,000 Chinese homes in a year and will avoid over 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions in China between now and 2020. These projects go beyond Apple’s operations in China to help our suppliers adopt clean renewable energy,”

The company now says its China operations are “carbon neutral”, as the solar installations produce more energy than is used by its offices and retail stores throughout the country.

Four years ago, Chinese environmental groups accused Apple of turning a blind eye as its suppliers polluted the country by emitting toxic gases and discharging heavy metal sludge. Furthermore, in the United States, Apple was criticised by environmental group Greenpeace in 2012 for relying too heavily on fossil-fuel-based energy to power its energy-hungry data centres.

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On Wednesday, “Greenpeace said the company had taken a big step forward in greening its supply chain.”

Apple has also taken steps to operate more cleanly in its home state of California. In February, the iPhone maker said it would buy about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to cut its energy bill and supply electricity for its new campus in Silicon Valley as well as other offices and stores.

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Dean Jones is a born again Christian with a vision for how to solve problems and a passion for the process. Dean is a reliable and driven leader with a solid track record of managing a wide range of complex projects. Dean enjoys pursuing his fascination with the current and future state of digital media and has a background in design, coding and web development. Dean attended the prestigious Central St Martins, College of Art & Design Part of the London Institute in Central London (between 1996-2001). He graduated with a Degree in Graphic Design and a Masters Degree in Communications Design. After which he completed Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching PGCE. He also attended London South Bank University LSBU and graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Building Surveying and Project Management.

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