We mapped our carbon footprint, and we’re working to eliminate it.
When we measure our carbon footprint, we include hundreds of suppliers, millions of customers, and hundreds of millions of devices. And we’re always looking for ways to make the biggest difference in five major areas: manufacturing, product use, facilities, transportation and recycling.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we design each generation of our products to be as energy efficient as possible. We’re sourcing lower-carbon materials to make our devices, we’re partnering with suppliers to add clean energy to their facilities, and we produce and procure clean, renewable energy for 96 per cent of the electricity used at our global facilities.
Our comprehensive 2016 carbon footprint
Lowering carbon emissions by focusing on aluminium.
We sell millions of phones. So making even small adjustments to the production of iPhone can have a powerful impact on our carbon footprint — for instance, we changed how we make the aluminium enclosure. We prioritised aluminium that was smelted using hydroelectricity rather than fossil fuels. And we re-engineered our manufacturing process to reincorporate the scrap aluminium. As a result, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing the enclosure of iPhone 7 are 17 per cent less than for iPhone 6s and 60 per cent less than for iPhone 6. Applying the same approach to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar resulted in 48 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions associated with the aluminium enclosure compared to that of the previous-generation MacBook Pro.
Producing renewable energy to meet our own needs.
To power all our corporate offices, retail stores and data centres worldwide using only renewable energy, we’ll need to produce a lot of it ourselves. So we’re developing our own solar, fuel cell, water and wind projects. For example, we connected 40 megawatts of new solar energy to China’s national grid, producing more than enough electricity for all our corporate offices and retail stores in China. Since 2011, these projects have reduced the emissions from our offices, data centres and retail stores worldwide by 60 per cent and prevented more than 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere. In 2016 alone, they reduced CO2e emissions by nearly 585,000 tonnes. Without renewable energy, these emissions would have more than tripled since 2011. We’ve also issued a $1.5 billion green bond, which is dedicated to financing environmental projects, including renewable energy initiatives at our facilities around the world.
Since 2008, we’ve reduced the average energy consumed by Apple products by 70 per cent.1
MacBook Pro consumes 15 per cent less energy than the previous MacBook Pro models. iMac consumes 97 per cent less energy in sleep mode than the first generation. Mac mini consumes 40 per cent less power when idle than the previous generation. And you can charge your iPhone 7 once a day for a year for only 61 cents. These advancements are bringing down our overall carbon footprint and your electricity bill at the same time.