Apple Announces New $300 Million Clean Energy Fund in China

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced the launch of a $300 million investment fund in China which is designed to connect Apple's suppliers with renewable energy sources.

    Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, is investing $300 million into the China Clean Energy Fund over the course of the next four years. Apple says the fund will invest in and develop clean energy projects totaling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China, which is equivalent to powering close to 1 million homes.


    Apple's new fund will be managed by DWS Group, a company that specializes in sustainable investments. DWS also plans to invest in the fund.
    According to Apple, the China Clean Energy Fund will provide participates with the advantage of greater purchasing power and the ability to attain "more attractive and diverse" clean energy solutions.

    Participating suppliers include Catcher Technology, Compal Electronics, Corning Incorporated, Golden Arrow, Jabil, Luxshare-ICT, Pegatron, Solway, Sunway Communication, and Wistron.

    Apple earlier this year announced that all of its facilities around the world are powered by 100 percent renewable energy, a milestone achievement for the company.

    To hit that goal, Apple invested in and constructed renewable energy facilities around the world, including solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, micro-hydration generation systems, and other energy storage technologies.

    Since the launch of its Supplier Clean Energy Program in 2015, 23 manufacturing partners across 10 countries have committed to powering their Apple production lines with 100 percent clean energy.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New $300 Million Clean Energy Fund in China
  2. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Too bad the USA are more focused on clean coal. This would have been a great investment.
  3. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Wow! China is not exactly known for being environmentally friendly. Their pollution is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the world. I'm sure it took great "courage" to convince them to even entertain this type of project.
  4. TimmeyCook Suspended


    Jun 20, 2018

    Specially considering that this is electrical power.

    You can have both clean coal, nuclear, solar, wind, etc.
  5. JPack macrumors 601


    Mar 27, 2017
    A single city in China has more electric buses than fossil buses from all U.S. cities combined. They have the largest solar farm in the world. Also the largest market for plug-in vehicles.

    This $300MM fund is just a drop in the bucket.
  6. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Actually, China is known for aggressively pushing for renewable more than almost anyone to fix the very pollution issue you mentioned. It’s been the case for many years now and that’s why they are far ahead of the US in their embrace of renewables already.
  7. cote32mt macrumors member


    Feb 16, 2011
    Deerfield NH
    That is certainly something for us all to think seriously about.
  8. Darajavahus macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2015
    If they are so about being eco and about positive impact on our planet how are they still selling LEATHER stuff?!
  9. boast, Jul 12, 2018
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    boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I look forward to China (the country with advancements in renewables) donating money to the US to help with pollution and clean energy.
  10. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    You mean Chinese companies?
  11. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    They’re very often one and the same in China.
  12. Duane Martin macrumors 6502

    Duane Martin

    Oct 15, 2004
    Calgary, Alberta
    "Donating"? You do realize that Apple operates in many countries outside of the U.S.A., including in China. In the last quarter 65% of Apple's revenues came from outside of the U.S. and China accounted for almost $18 billion dollars of revenue. So, investing $300 million in a country that generates a whole lot more than that is hardly "donating".
  13. femike macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2011
    Apple has no realinterest climate change or the environment or to reduce waste other than for good PR and profit. The type of products that Apple promotes prove that. eg iMacs all-in-ones, computers than cannot be user upgradeable and in some not at all, throttling devices, use of built in lithium batteries instead of replaceable/chargeable AA batteries (eg keyboard. mouse, trackpad), etc.
  14. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Uhhh...while China has serious pollution problems they have been taking it beyond seriously for almost a decade now. The amount of solar installations alone in that country are staggering.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 12, 2018 ---
    ...did you just claim that rechargeable AA batteries, which have a lifetime nowhere close to the 1000 charge cycle of Apple’s batteries, is somehow environmentally friendly?
  15. tzm41 macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2014
    If only you understand the difference between an investment and a donation...
  16. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2018
    Tim's eyeglass lens
    I agree with you. You look at their iPhone Upgrade Program which encourages people to get a new iPhone every year. So how is this being green? And same for other Apple products with trade-ins where you get a higher value when it is not too old.
  17. AAPL_DayTrader macrumors newbie


    Nov 24, 2016
    Painesville, Ohio
    There's a rumor that President Trump is allegedly thinking about placing a new 5% tariff on any clean or polluted air that passes over Chinese territory but then subsequently crosses international borders until it's actually maliciously invading US air-space without having the official authorization to do so, something that only an executive order or an emergency act of Congress can legally provide. But since he wanted to first separate air molecules at the border as part of his "zero tolerance" policy before figuring out how to meticulously apply his trade-war tariffs at the molecular level, the latest report is that his original plan has mysteriously fizzled into thin air. And just moments ago, there's also a report alleging that a US Federal Appeals Court in California has just ruled he's supposed to re-assemble the atoms that had originally been orphaned but no one in his administration seems to be able to find them at this time.
  18. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Ever been to Hong Kong? The pollution there, probably from China would be the cause by the work they do... I see this effort by Apple an "urgent" attention.

    I'm surprised Apple never looked at this before.
  19. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    We don’t need (or frankly deserve) it. If we want clean energy, it’s our responsibility to vote accordingly either in elections or with our money.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 12, 2018 ---
    And everywhere else. Exhibits A, B and C are Monsanto, Boeing, and Lockheed.
  20. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth

    China probably got picked because it's Apple's main selling point.
  21. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Yes. Indeed you can.

    Except clean coal. You can’t have clean coal.
    Just like you can’t have nuclear-free nuclear power.
  22. DrSkywalker macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2009
  23. Frank Dalton macrumors regular

    Frank Dalton

    Jun 26, 2015
    Oklahoma Territory
    Is there any way to objectively evaluate this? Is it truly what it purports to be or is it just a giant bribe?
  24. dav1dd macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2013
    The only clean energy fund I'm aware of is the one where they clean the funds out of your wallet. amiright?
  25. Marekul macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2018
    Apple basically merged with the Chinese government earlier this year, even giving them access to all Chinese User iCloud data. This is probably part of the deal.

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