Apple invests in China solar project, US forest conservation
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina.
The tech giant says it’s meeting a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy. It’s now promising to use more renewable power overseas, with plans for a 40-megawatt solar project in China.
Apple says more of its paper packaging will use recycled material and timber that’s cut under environmentally sound conditions. It’s providing money for a conservation group to acquire two forest properties that will be reserved for sustainable logging operations.
The company won’t say how much paper it uses for packaging, but it sold more than 100 million iPhones and other devices in the last quarter of 2014.