Apple Continues Environmental Progress in China With New Programs to Reduce Emissions from Manufacturing
At Apple, we work tirelessly to create products that are beautiful, easy to use, and powerful. That same passion for innovation goes into how we think about our environmental responsibility.
We’ve set three priorities where we believe Apple can make the most impact:
• Reduce our impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products.
• Conserve precious resources so we all can thrive.
• Pioneer the use of greener materials in our products and processes.
We also take a thorough approach to measuring and taking responsibility for our environmental impact. In fact, we know of no other company in our industry that goes so far in measuring, verifying, and disclosing its carbon emissions. Instead of reporting just the carbon footprint of the facilities we own, we also include the carbon footprint from the manufacturing, transportation, use, and recycling of our products.
Clean renewable energy is our standard, everywhere.
Our goal is to power all our corporate facilities around the world as we do all our data centers and US operations — with 100 percent renewable energy. And we’re not content with just purchasing clean energy from existing sources. Whenever possible, we go even further by creating new sources that add clean energy to the grid.
In China, we undertook a ground-breaking renewable energy partnership with SunPower, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, and other companies to build a renewable solar energy project in Sichuan Province, our first major renewable energy project outside the US. This is now generating up to 80 million kilowatt‑hours per year of clean energy — far more than the energy used by all our offices and retail stores in China combined. This project complements the natural environment, and paid special attention to preserving the grasses that feed the indigenous yak population.
Today 87 percent of Apple’s global operations run on renewable energy, and the Sichuan Province solar project will bring Apple even closer to its commitment to reach 100 percent.
New clean energy programs to promote low carbon manufacturing in China.
We know the carbon footprint of our manufacturing processes represents the largest portion of our impact on climate change. So we launched a new initiative to drive our manufacturing partners to become more energy efficient and to use clean energy for their manufacturing operations. Apple will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years.
The programs will cut over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly 4 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Apple also will share best practices in procuring clean energy and building high-quality renewable energy projects, and provide hands-on assistance to some suppliers in areas like energy efficiency audits, regulatory guidance and building strong partnerships to bring new clean energy projects to China.
As part of Apple’s industry leading program program, Foxconn will construct 400 MW of solar, starting in the Henan Province, by 2018. Foxconn has committed to generate as much clean energy as its Zhengzhou factory consumes in final production of iPhone.
We’re using paper more efficiently.
The best way to preserve virgin paper is to use less of it. So we’re designing our packaging to be smaller and to use more recycled paper, and we’re developing technologies that use paper more efficiently. The packaging for iPhone 6 takes up 34 percent less volume than the first‑generation iPhone packaging. And over two‑thirds of the paper used for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Apple TV packaging comes from recycled content.
We’re sourcing virgin paper responsibly.
When we do use virgin paper in our product packaging, we’re continually working to ensure that it comes only from sustainably managed forests and controlled wood sources. Our sustainable fiber specification requires that when our suppliers use virgin fibers, they source only from forests that are certified as sustainably and responsibly managed or from controlled wood sources. In fiscal year 2014, over 80 percent of the paper and corrugated cardboard used in our iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and Apple TV packaging came from certified sustainably managed forests, controlled wood sources, or recycled materials. We will not stop until 100 percent of the fibers we use meet these standards.
We’re protecting sustainable forests.
We are committed to protecting — and creating — as much sustainable working forest as is needed to produce the paper in our product packaging. Through our work with the World Wildlife Fund, we will significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. This project aims to protect as many as one million acres of responsibly managed working forests that provide fiber for pulp, paper, and wood products.