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Apple expands green initiatives in China

Solar energy project in Sichuan Province.

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple is expanding its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China,currently the company’s largest overseas market and the base for majority of its manufacturing activities.

Initiatives include collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to protect forests.

The partnership aims to protect about one million acres of working forests, which offer fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.

Apple, which has carried out similar projects in the US, plans to achieve a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fibre and make 100% of its global operations run on renewable energy.

WWF China CEO Lo Sze Ping said: "This collaboration between our two organisations will seek to reduce China’s ecological footprint by helping produce more wood from responsibly managed forests within its own borders."

The tech giant has also unveiled its plan to expand its renewable energy projects to manufacturing plants in China.

Last month, Apple launched a solar energy project in Sichuan Province, China. The project, which will feature two 20MW solar farms will generate enough energy to power all of the company’s corporate offices and retail stores in the country.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "We’ve set an example by greening our data centres, retail stores and corporate offices, and we’re ready to start leading the way toward reducing carbon emissions from manufacturing.

"This won’t happen overnight — in fact it will take years — but it’s important work that has to happen, and Apple is in a unique position to take the initiative toward this ambitious goal."

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