Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) — a key supplier of mobile processors for, among other things, the iPhone — says it will purchase 200 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power in 2016 compared to the previous year’s purchase of 100 million kWh, further supporting Taiwan’s renewable energy development and environmentally friendly low-carbon measures.
This purchase accounts for 20% of the green power made available for purchase by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Bureau of Energy in 2016. As the power generation process for the electricity available under this program causes virtually no carbon emissions, the purchase of 200 million kWh in green power will reduce carbon emissions by more than 100 million kilograms, equivalent to the carbon absorbed by 10 million trees in one year, says TSMC Spokesperson and Senior Vice President Lora Ho.
Lisa Jackson, Apple vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, commented in a Twitter post about TSMC's progress. She called the chip producer's increased purchase of "green power" for 2016 to 200 million kilowatt hours (kWh) a "big step in green manufacturing."