How have computers helped the environment?

We are climate neutral.

And until 2030 also each of our products.
  • How it is designed.
  • How it is produced.
  • How it is delivered.
  • How it is used.
  • How it's recycled.

Apple has a plan.

The earth does not wait. We neither.

Our plan to achieve CO₂ neutrality by 2030.

Working on less CO₂. We make products from more recycled materials and are working to reduce the power consumption of these devices.

Increase energy efficiency. We use energy more efficiently in our stores, offices, data centers and production facilities.

Use renewable energies. We want to convert our entire manufacturing supply chain to 100% renewable electricity generated using solar power, wind power and other sustainable projects.

Avoid direct emissions. We are innovating at our locations and in our supply chain to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.

Invest in natural solutions. We invest in sustainable forest management projects and in restoring ecosystems that respect regional communities and remove CO₂ from the atmosphere.

Use electricity from renewable resources to make Apple products

There is no alternative
to alternative energy.

Most of our carbon footprint comes from the electricity we use to make the products you love. By switching to clean energy in our entire supply chain, we can improve this carbon footprint. Since 2015, the Apple Supplier Clean Energy program has been helping our manufacturing suppliers switch to renewable electricity generated from solar, wind, and other sustainable projects. And by 2030, all of our products will be 100% made with clean energy.

Every vote counts in the fight for our climate.

Climate solutions can help break down systemic barriers.

People of Color communities around the world are often hardest hit by the effects of climate change. Environmental solutions can increase the equality of these communities. Apple's Impact Accelerator supports People of Color-led companies and innovations that can have a positive impact on our supply chain. The Impact Accelerator is part of our Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). She advocates more equality in educational and economic opportunities and a reform of the judicial system in the USA. The REJI Impact Accelerator can give People of Color-led companies more opportunities and create innovative solutions to climate change.

Our products use less energy. Good idea.

Energy-saving products reduce our CO₂ balance. And your.

The energy that our products consume accounts for 19% of our CO₂ footprint and has an impact on the carbon footprint of all customers. Developing products that use less energy is one of the best ways to reduce their carbon footprint - even while they are in use. Innovations in the energy efficiency of one product can also affect other products. When you multiply these improvements by all the Apple devices in the world, you can see what a difference it makes.

We are investing in some wild ideas for reducing CO₂.

Nature can help us become neutral.

Apple tries to reduce emissions as much as possible. But we cannot avoid some emissions. In order to remove unavoidable CO₂ emissions from the atmosphere, we are looking for natural solutions. We partnered with Conservation International (CI) and Goldman Sachs to create the $ 200 million Restore Fund to invest in natural climate solutions that also generate returns. The earth's forests, wetlands and grasslands play an important role in achieving global climate goals. We are already working with CI to naturally restore the destroyed savannahs of the Chyulu Hills National Park in Kenya, employ innovative new models for the mangrove forests on the coast of Colombia and protect larger parts of the Amazon rainforest in the Zona Reservada Río Nieva in the north Peru before annihilation. All of these efforts together help to bind CO₂ and restore ecosystems. And they support us in achieving our goal and being climate neutral by 2030.

The iMac brings us closer to net zero.

The iMac is designed to take CO₂ out of the equation.

We develop our products in such a way that they have less negative impact on the environment. The new 24 "iMac is proof of this. Not only is its housing made of low-carbon aluminum, it also contains recycled plastic, recycled tin and recycled rare earth elements. The new M1 chip, which is now being built into the new 24" iMac, is the first chip Specifically designed for the Mac. M1 can perform tasks as efficiently as possible and deliver great performance while consuming less energy. Combined with our efforts to use recycled and low-carbon materials, this change has the carbon footprint of the new iMac in comparison reduced by about 20% compared to the previous generation.1

One thing Less.

Fewer chargers mean less environmental impact.

Power supplies require the largest amounts of certain raw materials such as plastic, copper, tin and zinc. Since removing them from the iPhone and Apple Watch package last year, we've avoided extracting a significant amount of raw materials from mines and cut the emissions that would have been generated during their processing and transportation. With smaller, lighter packaging, we can transport more boxes at once, which helps reduce our CO₂ footprint. Removing these power supplies from the box was a bold move for Apple and a necessary one for our planet.

Siri runs with clean energy. Ask?

Apple services run on renewable energy.

Our data centers are full of servers that enable your favorite Apple apps and services such as Siri, iMessage and iCloud. These systems also consume most of the energy in our company, which is why we use 100% renewable electricity to run them. So it doesn't matter how many questions you ask Siri, because every answer is as clean as the one before it.

Daisy would have
like a piece of your iPhone.

Clean energy is more beneficial when shared.

With Apple Inc. now running on 100% clean energy, our focus is on democratizing access to renewable energy around the world. Since 2019, our Power for Impact program has promoted projects with clear CO₂ savings and ecological and social benefits. Solar projects in the Philippines, Thailand and South Africa are helping to provide cost-effective clean energy for us and for communities that do not have easy access to energy. And this year we announced our investment in the largest onshore wind turbines in Denmark. We support people and progress, one renewable energy project at a time.

Apple Inc. Everything is OK.

Since 2018, all Apple stores, offices and data centers have been using 100% renewable energy. And all of our operational processes are now CO₂ neutral.

There is always more to be done.

Our commitment to the environment goes beyond CO₂.

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    Our products are designed to be safe.

    Apple focuses on safety in product development and wants to protect the people who develop, manufacture, use and recycle our products. We are industry leaders in inspecting, testing and moving to safer chemicals in our products and manufacturing processes. The raw materials in all Apple products are tested to determine their compatibility with our list of regulated substances. We are in the process of recording the chemical composition of all materials in our products in order to further investigate their effects on humans and the environment. Today, over 700 parts and raw material suppliers share chemical data with Apple.

  • Apple's commitment to water goes deeper.

    Wherever we are, we use water wisely.

    Water is a valuable resource. It is also a collaborative resource, which is why we try as much as possible to reduce our water consumption, reuse water or return it to the environment in which we work. We use water in our operations in many different ways, from the relatively low consumption in our stores to our data centers and the factories of our suppliers that use a lot of water for cooling and processing. We do several things to reduce our water consumption. It starts with choosing the right location and designing systems for the efficient use and reuse of water. We are also expanding the use of alternative water sources such as recycled water, rainwater and condensate. Finally, we speak to outside stakeholders: inside the locations where we work to ensure our water conservation plans address local water challenges.

  • Our trees work hard.

    Packaging of paper.
    And with good

    We have successfully closed the cycle with our paper supply. Since 2017, 100% of the wood fibers in our paper and packaging have come from recycled or responsible sources.2 If fresh fibers are needed, we get the wood from responsibly managed forests. Working with The Conservation Fund and the World Wildlife Fund, we have protected and managed more than one million hectares of commercial forests in the United States and China. And when the forests are doing well, the surrounding communities and wildlife are also doing well.

  • Long lasting, in everyone
    Case. Case.

    Built to keep up with you for a long time.

    Apple products are always about durability. Our goal is products that you can rely on every day. In the Reliability Testing Lab, our engineers develop special automated devices that simulate repetitive actions and interactions that a device may be exposed to - for example, a certain key being pressed over and over again. Free software updates can also improve the longevity of products by introducing new features and functions for the latest devices as well as for older models. And when something needs to be repaired, we offer easy access to high quality repairs through Apple Stores, our network of over 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers around the world, and shipping to Apple Repair Centers. This year our Independent Repair Provider Program has grown to include over 1,500 providers in the US, Canada and Europe. The range of services has also been expanded and now covers the Mac as well as the iPhone.

  • We work for a waste-free

    Nothing is wasted at our final production sites.

    The Apple Zero Waste Program for Suppliers helps reduce, reuse and recycle waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. In doing so, we first concentrated on the biggest waste producers: final production facilities. Apple has already received “Zero Waste” certifications for all existing production facilities for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Apple TV and Beats.3 We are expanding our program beyond final production facilities and integrating component manufacturers. And we won't stop until we reach our goal of zero waste.

We don't pretend we have all the answers. What we have are goals we want to achieve and a global community of companies that want to do what's right for people and the planet.

Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives

Trade it in.

And help the planet.

With Apple Trade In, you can exchange your old device for credit towards your next purchase or an Apple Gift Card that you can redeem at any time. If your device is qualified, it can get a second life with a new owner. If not, we'll recycle it for free. A win-win for you and the planet.4

Further information

More information from Apple on environmental protection.

  • The environmental balance
    of your product.