Apple tonight announced the company is now generating enough clean energy to cover the totality of its operations in China, and then some. In addition, Apple also announced two new programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its partners in the region.

With the construction of 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province now complete, Apple’s operations in China are now carbon-neutral, meaning the company produces more electricity than its offices and retail stores use.

Not content of going 100% green in China, Apple also wants to reduce the carbon footprint of its suppliers in the country by launching two programs.

The first program will see the company build more than 200 megawatts of solar projects in the country, the equivalent of the electricity used by 265,000 households, to offset the energy used by its manufacturing partners.

The second program aims at helping Apple’s manufacturing partners become more energy efficient by guiding them through best practices, providing hands-on assistance, and more. The company has partnered with Foxconn which has agreed to build 400 megawatts of solar by 2018.

Apple’s stance on environmental issues has been pretty clear since Tim Cook took the reins of the company. Along with its fight for equality, and the right to privacy, Apple has become a major actor in today’s environmental issues. Let’s hope more companies will follow.

Source: Apple press release

  • aakun4

    This is one of the main reasons why I like Apple. Just like most of the world still fails to realize the importance of the environmental issues, it’s really sad that most people can’t truly appreciate how leading companies as Apple being so active about it is a really important thing.

  • tariq

    I am not a big fan of apple, but I agree with @aakun4 Apple does an amazing job! I love their projects and goals. I haven’t any other places go 100% green and make areas similar to iSpaceship (I think that’s what it’s called) so just great shoutout to Apple for being awesome with the environment (:

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps other companies will follow suit.

    • tariq

      everyone followed them with the antenna design, camera sticking out out design, charger at and earphone plug design, hopefully they copy this too!