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Apple wants to run on 100 per cent renewable energy, improve supply chain’s greenness

Apple has announced plans to run its entire business in
China through renewable energy, and to make its supply chain more
environmentally friendly.

In a statement released yesterday, CEO Tim Cook said
greening manufacturing operations would take years, but would be worth the

“We are excited to work with leaders in our supply chain who
want to be on the cutting edge of China’s green transformation,” said

Apple relies on a lot of contract labour, notably through
Foxconn. CNet reports Foxconn has been a leader in switching to greener power and last year announced a renewables-powered production facility in Guizhou to manufacture for
products such as smartphones.

IDG News Service reports that Apple didn’t say exactly how it
would make its supply chain greener, but currently audits its suppliers,
including for environmental abuses.

According to Apple, 87 per cent of its US operations
worldwide are powered through renewable energy, and wants this to reach 100 per

According to the company, 100 per cent of its US operations and all of its data centers are run by renewable power.

It launched its first solar project in Sichuan Province three weeks ago.


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