SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will launch a $300 million clear power fund in China, the agency stated in a press release on Friday, working with its suppliers to put money into renewable power initiatives that might energy near 1 million houses within the nation.

FILE PHOTO: The Apple brand is seen on a pc display screen on this illustration picture taken in Bordeaux, France, February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Picture

China’s authorities has made reducing air pollution a key precedence, placing strain on native and worldwide corporations to assist cut back excessive ranges of smog in its main cities and clear up the nation’s waterways and polluted soil.

The funding from the iPhone maker, which will likely be made together with 10 suppliers together with Pegatron Corp (4938.TW) and Wistron Corp (3231.TW) over a four-year interval, additionally comes as the USA and China lock horns over commerce.

Apple’s chief government Tim Cook dinner earlier this 12 months referred to as for calm heads in Washington and Beijing because the world’s two largest economies have veered in the direction of a commerce conflict and exchanged tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of of products.

The U.S. agency makes most of its merchandise in China, that are shipped all over the world, together with to the USA. China can be certainly one of Apple’s most vital finish markets, though it has confronted a rising problem from native smartphone rivals.

Apple has been making a broader push in renewable energy. Earlier this 12 months it stated that its international amenities had been now totally powered by clear power.

Reporting by Adam Jourdan; enhancing by Richard Pullin