The US tech giant Apple announced on July the 13rd to have launched a fund to invest nearly $ 300 million over the next four years in the energy transition of its Chinese subcontractors, while Beijing is redoubling efforts in its fight against pollution.
Apple and 10 suppliers will jointly support the "Clean Energy Fund in China", which aims to help companies switch to renewable energy. The project targets an initial production of one gigawatt of clean energy, equivalent to the electricity needs of nearly one million homes.
"We are proud to partner with companies that are taking action to address the climate challenge," said Lisa Jackson, vice president of brand environment at Apple. "We are pleased that so many of our suppliers are participating in the fund and we hope this model can be replicated globally to help businesses of all sizes make a significant positive impact on our planet."
Most of Apple's products are assembled in vast production networks in China that employ hundreds of thousands of people, and the company has taken several steps to try to reduce its carbon footprint.
Apple said in April to operate entirely renewable energy, including its stores and data centers around the world and its gigantic headquarters Cupertino California, in the western United States. The group reported that 23 of its suppliers around the world were committed to producing all of the brand's products entirely through renewable energy.
Ludovic Dupin with AFP