Apple announced on Sunday that it has struck a deal to power all of its Singapore operations with renewable energy, reports Reuters. It will be the first company in the city to run exclusively on renewable energy.
Starting in January, solar energy developer Sunseap Group will provide Apple with 100 percent renewable electricity from its portfolio of solar energy systems built atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore. The Apple partnership will also give Sunseap financing to complete the solar project, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Reuters. She says the project was a model in "urban greening" and said it would allow Singaporeans "to get access to energy while we meet our own renewable energy goals.”
Last month Apple s announced two new programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. The programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly four million passenger vehicles off the road for one year, according to Jackson.
Apple also announced that construction on 40 megawatts of solar projects in the Sichuan Province is now complete. These solar installations produce more than the total amount of electricity used by Apple’s offices and retail stores in China, making Apple's operations carbon neutral in China, Jackson says.