The company is also planning to build 200MW of solar projects in the northern, eastern and southern grid regions of China.

The 200MW power plants are expected to meet the power needs of over 265,000 Chinese homes annually as well as offset the energy used in Apple’s supply chain.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now.

"The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort."

Apple has already completed construction of 40MW solar projects in the Sichuan Province. The initiatives are a part of the company’s effort to shift its focus towards the use of clean energy and reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 million tons by the end of this decade.

As part of the effort, Apple’s major supplier Foxconn is scheduled to develop 400MW of solar, starting in the Henan Province, by 2018.

Foxconn Technology Group founder and CEO Terry Gou said: "We are excited to embark on this initiative with Apple. Our companies share a vision for driving sustainability and I hope that this renewable energy project will serve as a catalyst for continued efforts to promote a greener ecosystem in our industry and beyond.

"Sustainability is a core pillar in Foxconn’s strategy and we are committed to investing in green manufacturing."

The company also plans to help some suppliers by providing energy efficiency audits and regulatory guidance to set up new renewable projects in the country.

Image: Apple plans to reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 million metric tons by the end of this decade. Photo: courtesy of graur codrin /