By 2030, every new Apple device will be completely carbon neutral.
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, understands the importance of businesses taking action against climate change:
Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share.Tim Cook
So, Apple has made a roadmap for the actions it will take over the next decade. These actions fall under five categories: low carbon product design, expanding energy efficiency, renewable energy, process and material innovations, and carbon removal.
Low carbon product design
Apple will continue and expand upon their “use of low carbon and recycled materials in its products.”
The company has a new recycling robot that does a better job of recycling components. Also, its lab for material recovery is now joining forces with Carnegie Mellon University, and together, they’ll work on making more engineering solutions.
Devices with 2019 releases were all produced with recycled materials. And last year, recycling and design innovations meant a carbon footprint reduction of 4.3 million metric tons.
Expanding energy efficiency
The company wants to both “lower energy use at its corporate facilities” and find ways for lower energy use throughout the supply chain, too.
So, Apple is partnering with the US-China Green Fund, and this fund “will invest $100 million in accelerated energy efficiency projects for Apple’s suppliers.”
Apple has a Supplier Energy Program and there are now 92 facilities taking part in it. Also, Apple added upgrades to enough buildings to lower energy needs by almost a fifth of what they were.
Apple wants to make more projects for renewable energy and use this energy throughout the whole of its supply chain.
The company has upwards of 70 suppliers agreeing to go 100% green when they make Apple products. When these agreements are carried out, the suppliers will be circumventing 14.3 million metric tons of emissions each year.
Lots of projects are creating clean power in the States and globally. Firstly, Arizona, Illinois, and Oregon projects mean 1 GW of renewable energy for Apple’s corporate operations. Next, a Scandinavia project will see “one of the largest new solar arrays.” Lastly, two Philippines and Thailand projects will give power to communities in need.
Process and material innovations
By innovating improvements to its technology, the company will find ways to reduce emissions.
Right now, it is aiding the production of a new low-carbon aluminum that it will use to make 16-inch MacBook Pros. In 2019, Apple and its suppliers nixed 242,000 metric tons of fluorinated gas emissions, which come from making some electronics.
To remove carbon, the company is investing in the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems like forests. It is teaming up with Conservation International, The Conservation Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund. Together, the groups will work globally with focuses on Kenya, Colombia, the US, and China.
Tim Cook says that, while helping the environment, climate action itself can mean more opportunities. He also hopes that Apple’s plan—and its corresponding actions—inspires more change:
Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.Tim Cook
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