Apple announces its decision to stop grouping AC adapters with products such as the iPhone 12 will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc and tin. The resulting smaller packaging for the iPhone 12 also allowed the company to ship the device more efficiently. According to Apple, shipping pallets can each carry up to 70% more iPhone 12 boxes.
The company made the claims in its , which covers fiscal year 2020. Last year, Apple reduced its CO2 emissions from 25.1 million tonnes in 2019 to 22.6 million. It also reduced energy consumption by 13.9 million kWh.
“As a company, we have moved forward with greater urgency than ever to create a stronger, healthier future for our planet and its people,” said Lisa Jackson, vice president of the environment , Apple’s policies and social initiatives in the opening letter of the report. “In 2020, that meant real progress in our fight against climate change. Apple has become carbon neutral for our global operations, and for our entire footprint – from our supply chain to the use of the products we make. Those same products now use more recycled materials than ever before, like the 40% recycled content in the MacBook Air with Retina display and the 99% recycled tungsten we now use in the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6. “
The report notes the work in progress at Apple Materials Recovery Laboratory in Texas to recover materials such as rare earth elements, steel and tungsten from recycled iPhones. Apple says that a metric ton of components its disassembly of the Daisy robot removes from iPhones has as much gold and copper as 150 metric tons of ore mined. The company also said 39,000 metric tons of electronic waste were kept away from landfills last year.
Apple’s M1 chip is designed to be more power efficient, and the company says it uses the processor reduce the overall carbon footprint of the system by 34%. Meanwhile, in part due to the switch to a more energy efficient AC adapter, the 8th generation iPad requires 66% less power than the Energy Star rating requirement, says Apple. Over the past 12 years, Apple has reduced the average energy consumption of its products by more than 70%.
The efforts extend to Apple’s supply chain, where more than 110 suppliers are committed to using clean energy. As of December, more than 90% had installed technology to reduce F-GES emissions from assembling the display panel by more than 90%.
The report mentions some already known initiatives, such as Apple data centers having and to remove CO2 from the atmosphere through carbon capture. Still, it’s a useful look at Apple’s progress on the environmental front.
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