Apple has revealed that Lens Technology has become the smartphone manufacturing giant's first supplier to commit to 100 per cent renewable energy.
All of the glass production operations carried out by Lens Technology will run on entirely renewable energy by the end of 2018.
This is an unprecedented commitment that serves to further Apple's efforts to help manufacturers lower their carbon footprint and reduce waste.
When taken alongside Apple's zero waste compliance from all final assembly sites, it indicates how much the company behind the iPhone is helping to advance the transition to a new green economy – and particularly in China, where the relevant facilities are based.
Lens Technology will be able to meet its goal through a power purchase agreement with local wind projects.
All 14 of Apple's final assembly sites in China are now compliant with the Zero Waste to Landfill validation by safety science company UL.
This standard certifies that all manufacturing waste is reused, recycled, composted, or converted into energy where necessary.
The programme was implemented in January 2015 – and the sites have diverted more than 140,000 metric tons of waste from landfills since that date.
Lisa Jackson, vice-president of environment, policy and social initiatives for Apple, said her company wanted to lead the way in the field and show that it is possible to manufacture responsibly.
“We congratulate Lens for their bold step – and hope by sharing the lessons we've learned in our transition to renewable energy, our suppliers will continue to access clean power projects, moving China closer to its green manufacturing goals,” she commented.
Zhou Qunfei, chief executive officer of Lens, said she is proud to source power from local wind farms in Hunan.
“We're pleased to be the first supplier to commit to covering all of our Apple production with renewable energy,” she remarked.