Apple announces new clean energy programs to reduce carbon footprint in China

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.

That’s the equivalent of taking nearly 4 million cars off the road, Apple says. The company also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province, which were first revealed back in April, is now complete.

Thanks to these solar installations, Apple’s operations are no carbon neutral in China, with the company producing more than the total amount of electricity all of its offices and retail stores use. Apple is now hoping that other companies will follow in its footsteps.

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.

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