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TSMC and Foxconn join Apple’s renewable program
 
Taiwan Trade Center München
2019-04-29
         

Apple is a well-known multinational technology company which designs, develops, and markets computer software, online services, and electronic devices. Apple is the world’s largest information technology firm by revenue and follows Samsung and Huawei in the list of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturers.

Last year, the company revealed that under its major clean energy project, its data center now works on new wind or solar energy. At that time, Apple also said it has 15 more projects in construction that will bring its total energy generating capacity to more than double its current capacity.

Apple has now added Foxconn and TSMC to achieve the goal of manufacturing Apple products using renewable energy. On Thursday, the company announced that the addition of 15 more suppliers in the program brings the total number up to 44. Foxconn is Taiwan-based top manufacturing partner of Apple and TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) is the world’s largest dedicated chip manufacturer.

Apple last year said that its services including offices, stores, and data centers now run entirely on renewable energy such as the solar farms. Apple’s 74 percent manufacturing carbon footprint comes from its independent suppliers.

For now, Apple has not revealed more details about the locations of clean energy plants, but it wants new suppliers to develop their own renewable energy projects.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment Policy and Social Initiatives said, the company would buy over 5 gigawatts operational renewable energy by 2020.

Apple’s initiative marks that the company is positioning itself as the greenest big tech giant. Earlier this year Apple states that climate change could become a risk factor for its business operations. In February 2016, the U.S. tech company issued a US$1.5 billion green bond for environmental projects.

There are total 44 companies in the program including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd, a supplier of the A-series chips and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, whose Foxconn unit develops iPhones and some other big glass, aluminum case, battery, and antenna suppliers.

Jackson noted that the clean energy economy is now one of the best investment areas for a business boost in terms of both principled as well as economic reasons.

Source: Genuine News Daily
Wayne Lin (waynelin@taitra.org.tw)

 

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