Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (??), one of the most important suppliers of Apple Inc., has committed itself to the U.S. consumer electronic giant's initiatives for a clean environment by reducing waste and creating renewable energy.
Apple said that Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn outside Taiwan, is among the 14 final assemblers of the U.S. high-tech firm in China which are now all compliant with UL's Zero Waste to Landfill validation.
According to Apple, the UL standard certifies all of their manufacturing waste is reused, recycled, composted, or converted into energy, when necessary. Apple said that since the Zero Waste to Landfill validation program kicked off in January 2015, the assembly sites have diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills.
Hon Hai's assembly sites at Guanlan of Guangdong's Shenzhen and Taiyuan of Shanxi were the first in China to receive certification under the program in terms of waste treatment, Apple said.
Hon Hai, which currently operates a broad production site in China and employs about 1 million workers there, rolls out iPhones and iPads for Apple.
Apple said that Hon Hai has been also committed to developing clean energy in China over the next few years. Starting from Henan, where Hon Hai has a production compound in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, the Taiwanese firm will complete a program to build up 400 megawatts of solar energy by 2018, the U.S. firm said.
The U.S. firm said that the first project of Hon Hai's solar energy program to produce 80 megawatts of solar energy is proceeding smoothly.
Apple said that it will partner with suppliers in China to install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the coming years in a bid to cut more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in the country between now and 2020.
"We want to show the world that you can manufacture responsibly and we're working alongside our suppliers to help them lower their environmental impact in China," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, in a statement.
Source: Focus Taiwan