Apple has announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China. This is on the back of other recent announcements including its increased use of solar power in China’s Sichuan Province and its purchase of 36,000 acres of forest in Maine and North Carolina in the US in order to sustainably harvest materials for use in packaging products.
The new multi-year project with World Wildlife aims to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new forestland program aims to protect as much as a million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fibre for pulp, paper and wood products.
Apple’s goal is to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fibre and power all its operations worldwide on 100 percent renewable energy.
Apple also announced its intent to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China. They are partnering with Leshan Electric Power Co, Sichuan Development Holding Co Ltd, Tianjin Tsinlien Investment Holding Co Ltd, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co Ltd and SunPower Corporation on the project encompassing two 20-megawatt solar farms. Together the project will generate up to 80 million kilowatt hours per year of clean energy, enough to power the equivalent of 61,000 Chinese homes.
Apple operates 19 corporate offices and 22 retail stores in China, including Hong Kong, directly employing 8000 people. In total, Apple has helped create and support over three million jobs in China, including at least 1.5 million iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem.