Aside from building a zillion new stores in China, Apple is making other commitments to the nation’s economy and environment. This week, Apple’s chief exec Tim Cook announced the company’s plans to green its operations in China by making renewable energy a high priority, similar to what the company has done in the United States and Europe. Apple plans to create 200 megawatts worth of solar projects across country, which is enough to offset the greenhouse gas emissions emitted from the company’s entire China-based supply chain.
This move takes the iPhone maker’s green philosophy to a whole new level. The meat of Cook’s announcement on Wednesday centered around Apple’s plan to install what equates to a crazy amount of solar power capacity across China in the coming years. Cook says 200 megawatts is the amount of power used by 265,000 Chinese homes in one year.
That is just the tip of the iceberg, though. Apple is also teaming up with manufacturing partners in China to add a total of 2 gigawatts worth of capacity in renewables. Cook says these projects will eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions between now and the year 2020.
These projects will be in addition to the green energy Apple is already utilizing in China. Already, Cook says, Apple’s 19 offices and 24 stores in China are carbon neutral, powered by 40 megawatts worth of solar capacity in Sichuan Province.
Elsewhere on the globe, the world’s greenest tech company has a reputation for setting and achieving ambitious renewable energy goals. Apple announced in April of this year that its United States’ operations had achieved a goal of 100-percent renewable energy. The company also has data centers in Europe powered completely by clean energy. How long will it be before Apple announces that 100 percent of its global operations are powered by renewable energy?
Via Washington Post