Apple has released its 2021 Environmental Progress Report, outlining its efforts to become a carbon-free company in its production and supply chains by 2030. The company has been conducting several carbon-free operations since April 2020.
The report reviews important steps to reduce the environmental impact of Apple products, including the elimination of power adapters in the sale of new iPhones.
The Cupertino-based company reports that the decision not to include power adapters in products like the iPhone 12 will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc and tin.
In addition, the thinner packaging of the latest iPhone allowed Apple to move its product more efficiently, managing to transport up to 70% more iPhone 12 cases.
Another objective that Apple is fulfilling for the care of the environment is the launch of the M1 chip for this year in the next Macs. Apple says the M1 chip’s low power-per-watt needs have reduced the Mac mini’s overall carbon footprint by 34 percent.
Regarding the supply chain, Apple has hired more than 110 manufacturing partners to commit to the transition to 100% renewable energy production by 2030.
“In a year like no other, Apple has continued to work with a global network of colleagues, businesses and advocates to advance our efforts to make our environmental work a force for good in people’s lives,” writes Lisa Jackson, vice president. Apple’s Environment, Policies and Social Initiatives in the report.
Jackson reports that 40% of the recycled content goes to the MacBook Air with a retina display, while 99% of the recycled tungsten is in the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6.