Today (Aug. 17) Apple announced that its suppliers and manufacturers in Asia are going as green as the company is going with all of its operations. As Apple CEO Tim Cook is touring Asia the company announced that 14 of its final assembly plants are now compliant with UL’s Zero Waste to Landfill validation and plan to transition to clean energy.
Already its glass supplier, Len Technology said it will power all of its glass production for Apple with 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2018. The company will source the power through local wind farms.
“Our power purchase agreement is the first of its kind in southern China and we hope it will serve as an example for other companies looking to transition to cleaner, more economical sources of power,” said Lens CEO Zhou Qunfei. “We’re pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy, and proud to source from local Hunan wind farms to power our facilities in Changsha.”
“We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we’re working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We congratulate Lens for their bold step, and hope by sharing the lessons we’ve learned in our transition to renewable energy, our suppliers will continue to access clean power projects, moving China closer to its green manufacturing goals.”
Other major suppliers and assemblers for the company also are greening their energy supply, not just their waste stream. Last fall Foxconn said it would construct 400 megawatts of solar power. It’s already closer to constructing the first 80 megawatts of to support that energy use. Foxconn committed in October to construct 400 megawatts of solar, starting in Henan province, by 2018. The manufacturer is now well on its way to constructing the first 80 megawatts of that commitment.
Apple, which is supplying all of its own operations in the US and in China with renewable energy, has also committed to partner with its Chinese suppliers to install more than 2 gigawatts of clean energy between now and 2020. It also issued a $1.5 billion green bond earlier this year allowing it to finance new solar and wind projects.Tweet