Climate Change

We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it.

Our solar plant in Yerington, Nevada, generates up to 20 megawatts of renewable energy for our Reno data centre.

It takes an enormous amount of energy to design, assemble and ship hundreds of millions of products all over the world. That energy makes up our carbon footprint and, in turn, our share of the climate change problem. We’ve made real progress in reducing the impact of the things we control directly — our offices, retail stores and products. But there’s still a lot of work to be done to reduce the carbon footprint of our supply chain. And it’s our responsibility to lead that effort.

Our 2014 carbon footprint

0metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 0.4M
  • 7.0M
    Product Use
  • 1.6M
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  • 24.8M
Climate change affects us all. We’ve made a big impact in our own facilities, and now we’re tackling the global supply chain.
Lisa JacksonVP of Environmental Initiatives, Apple,at our Maiden, North Carolina, solar farm.

How our carbon footprint informs our thinking.

We’re always trying to improve the way we conduct our greenhouse gas life cycle analysis. And when our assessments reveal a material, process or system that’s making a significant negative impact on our carbon footprint, we re-examine how we design that product, process or facility.

A significant factor in the increase of our overall carbon footprint from 2013 to 2014 is simply that we sold more products than ever before — iPhone, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air in particular. Even though the quantity of the products we make is increasing, we are reducing the carbon intensity associated with making and using them. The ratio of carbon emissions to the revenue we generate has dropped steadily every year since 2008.

From 2013 to 2014, we saw a 7 per cent decline in emissions associated with product use thanks to the improved energy efficiency of our products. In the same period, there was a 5 per cent increase in manufacturing emissions attributed to the production needs of increased memory and storage capacity of our iOS devices and notebooks.

Our data shows that the carbon footprint of our manufacturing processes represents the largest portion of our impact on climate change. Every year we investigate more deeply into our supply chain, constantly analysing inefficiencies and developing ways to help our suppliers make less of an impact on the planet. We’ve set an example with our own facilities around the world using clean, renewable energy. Our work in helping our suppliers do the same is just beginning, but we’re making strides. And we’re committed to reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing.

The Apple Store, Fifth Avenue, is one of our 265 US retail stores that run on 100 per cent renewable energy.
Wind turbines in Texas generate renewable power for Flextronics, our supplier that manufactures Mac Pro.

Energy efficiency is built in.

The energy consumed by our products during everyday use represents a big share of our carbon footprint. So we look at three ways to reduce a product’s energy consumption: more efficient power supplies to bring electricity from the wall to the device, more efficient hardware, and smarter power management software.