Apple Looking To Go Fully Green In All Of Its China Operations
Apple has recently announced that it will be working with all of its manufacturing partners in China in order to run its entire business operations there on renewable energy. The company has not provided any exact timeline for this plan, but it did convey that the whole process of converting all of its operations to go green will take some considerable time.
According to Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, the company has already begun by going green in terms of its data centers, retail stores, and corporate offices. Now, the tech giant is ready to start reducing carbon emissions on the manufacturing aspect of its business.
Cook further added that Apple is in a unique position to take the initiative in achieving 100 percent greenness in all of its operations. But he concedes that it will take several years before anybody can see results, but the first step has been taken, and with proper execution, the goal can be met.
In producing its array of products, Apple depends significantly on its many manufacturing partners based in China, including Foxconn, considered by many to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. Indeed, as the demand for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and Apple computers continue to grow, Apple will rely more and more on companies like Foxconn in order to manufacture its products. Unfortunately, not all of these companies run on renewable energy or employ production practices that are safe for the environment.
This is not the first time that Apple has utilized its influence in urging systemic changes among its manufacturing partners. As a matter of fact, Apple has stopped its partner companies from employing harmful chemicals in producing Apple product components. Also, it has conducted a fair labor investigation to make sure that all of its works in its production partners are treated fairly and are working on safe and environment-friendly settings. As is always the case, Apple has managed successfully to use its power to product results.
And now it is putting more focus in going completely green. According to the company, 87 percent of its current worldwide operations run on renewable energy, but it is targeting to hit 100 percent in the future. As indicated on Apple's own Environmental Responsibility page, 100 percent of all its operations in the United States are already powered by renewable energy, as well as all of its data centers at present. Now, it wants to achieve the same thing for all of its manufacturing partners in China.