Apple partners with Chinese wind-power company to further cut carbon emissions

Baku, December 10, AZERTAC

US tech conglomerate Apple Inc on Thursday announced plans to invest in China's largest wind-power producer – Xinjiang Goldwind Sci & Tech Co Ltd – to establish a largest-ever renewable energy project, according to China Daily.

"We're partnering with Goldwind to sign a wind power deal, it's Apple's largest clean energy deal in the world," said Jackson, Apple's vice-president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

Jackson sat down with China Daily after the announcement to share her insights about the tech giant's carbon footprint reduction progress in China.

According to her, the deal is Apple's first-ever investment in a wind project, and the first large-scale wind investment in China by a US tech company.

"The investment across four provinces, including Henan, Shanxi, Shandong and Yunnan, will add 285 megawatts of clean energy to China's grid as part of our commitment to reducing the carbon emissions from its manufacturing," said Jackson.

Without elaborating the investment volume, she said that the projects, along with a 170 megawatt solar project the company announced in Inner Mongolia last year, are targeting emissions from upstream manufacturing where Apple doesn't have a direct relationship with the supplier.

She pointed out that the first step for utilizing the renewable energy in China is to get more clean energy on to the grid, known as "greening the grid".

She said Apple has been working closely with the government, especially the National Development and Reform Commission, to replace the coal-driven grid with clean energy.

According to Apple, the overall projects would produce more than 900 million kWhs of power, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to power 690,000 Chinese homes.

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