Apple said the decision not to include a charger in the sales package for the iPhone 12 would save 861,000 tonnes of copper, zinc, and lead. The resulting smaller iPhone packaging for the iPhone 12 allows the company to ship devices more efficiently. The company says it delivers up to 70% more.
The company claimed in its 2021 Environmental Progress Report, which covers fiscal 2020. Last year, Apple reduced its CO2 emissiions from 25.1 million tonnes in 2019 to 22.6 million. It also cut energy use by 13.9 million kWh.
“As a company, we are moving forward with greater urgency than ever to create a more robust and healthier future for our planet. 2020 means real progress in our fight against climate change. Apple become carbon neutral for our operations around the world, and we are committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 for all traces of our – of our supply chain to use the products we made, “said Apple vice president of Environment, Lisa Jackson.
Reporting from Engadget (19/4), the report notes work being made at Apple’s Material Recovery Lab iin Texas to recover materials such as rare earth, steel, and tungsten from recycled iPhones. Apple says a metric tonne of components is being removed by demolition robot Daisy from the iPhone. It has as much gold and copper as 150 metric tonss of ore mined. The company also saiid 39,000 metric tons of e-waste was removed from landfill last year.
Apple M1 chip is designed to be more power-efficient, and the company says using a processor in the Mac Mini reduces the system’s carbon footprint. 34% overall, meanwhile, partly due to switching to a day adapter a more energy-efficient way, the 8th generation iPad is 66% more energy efficient than the Energy Star rating requirements. Over the past 12 years, Apple has reduced average energy use in its products by more than 70%.