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Apple Highlights Environmental Responsibility in 2015 Progress Report

Apple on Monday shared its 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report that reflects on the company's environmental progress during the 2014 fiscal year. The report focuses on Apple's commitment to climate change, renewable resources, finite resources, and toxins, and outlines the company's 2014 carbon footprint and other usage information.

2014 Carbon Footprint Apple
Apple's latest environmental progress report highlights that 100% of its U.S. operations and 87% of its global operations are run on renewable energy. Apple emitted 34.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions during the 2014 fiscal year, with 24.8 million metric tons resulting from manufacturing, 7 million metric tons coming from product usage, and the rest divided between facilities, transportation, and recycling.

Apple has recycling programs in 99% of the countries it operates, recovering 40,396 metric tons of steel and other metals, glass, aluminum, plastics and other materials for reuse in 2014. Apple will also be recycling over 95% of materials from existing buildings for use in Apple Campus 2, and the new headquarters will use 30% less energy than a traditional R&D office building.

Apple Solar Farm Hongyuan China
Apple's 40-megawatt solar farm in Hongyuan, China

Apple has also uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel called "Better Starts Here" that promotes the company's environmental responsibility throughout its supply chain, data centers and other worldwide operations. Apple emphasizes how it plans to leave the world better than it found it by using renewable energy sources such as hydro power, solar farms and wind turbines, committing to forest preservation, creating energy efficient devices and more.
"Apple’s commitment to the environment starts from the ground up. We strive to create not only the best products in the world, but the best products for the world. And over the past year, we’ve made significant progress through projects that focus on renewable energy and forest preservation. Learn how we are leaving the world better than we found it."

Apple emphasizes its recent partnerships with The Conservation Fund and SunPower Corporation to build two solar plants in China and work to protect forests and paper supplies respectively as part of its environmental commitment. The initiatives are led by Apple's VP of Environmental Initiatives Lisa Jackson to ensure that Apple's supply chain remains sustainable in the future.



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45 months ago
how about removable batteries and not needlessly soldering components that force people to replace whole computers instead of upgrading parts like ram and harddisks? not to mention all the devices with surfaces that scratch easily and require extra accessories for protection...etc.
Rating: 32 Votes
45 months ago

We strive to create not only the best products in the world, but the best products for the world.


...says the company that forces their customers to replace the whole notebook instead of just upgrading the RAM...
Rating: 20 Votes
45 months ago
The best things Apple can still do for the environment:
1) Stop soldering RAM
2) User replaceable batteries
3) Don't populate both banks of RAM with 1/2 memory on each
4) No more glue
5) Faster processors (to reduce premature obsolescence)
6) Manufacture in America
Rating: 17 Votes
45 months ago
Not sure about Apple's environmental responsibility...
All the adapters I had to buy (and later throw away) over the years because they decided to change or drop one of the plugs on their laptops... Mini-DVI, DVI, Firewire, different mag safe plugs – now they even dropped Thunderbolt on the new Macbook...
Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago

how about removable batteries and not needlessly soldering components that force people to replace whole computers instead of upgrading parts like ram and harddisks? not to mention all the devices with surfaces that scratch easily and require extra accessories for protection...etc.


Buy something else then? I wasn't aware that Apple was the only brand on Earth.
Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago
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Rating: 15 Votes
45 months ago

...says the company that forces their customers to replace the whole notebook instead of just upgrading the RAM...


Nobody forces you to replace your whole notebook. If anything, Apple forces you to upgrade less than you would otherwise, because it's impossible to upgrade.

If I bought a PC, I'd probably upgrade it's GPU every year for minimal gains, maybe install a CPU on the way, again with minimal gains, and eventually in 3-4 years when the new CPU's are not compatible with my main board, I'd have to replace the whole thing anyway. With Mac, I just wait 3-4 years and replace the whole thing, without the incremental upgrades on the way. Yes my computer gets slower and slower slightly faster than it would, but it's still usable all the way.
Rating: 13 Votes
45 months ago

The best things Apple can still do for the environment:
1) Stop soldering RAM

Wrong. Soldered RAM enables smaller system boards, and reduces chances of fouling contacts, also reduces manufacturing costs.

2) User replaceable batteries


Wrong. User replaceable batteries mean that many more spent batteries improperly recycled and therefore more pollution.



3) Don't populate both banks of RAM with 1/2 memory on each
4) No more glue


Wrong. Glue reduces manufacturing costs and enables more miniaturization. Less user tampering would mean higher trade-in value and better recycling.

5) Faster processors (to reduce premature obsolescence)


Better performance depends on more factors than just processor speed.

6) Manufacture in America


Apple is transitioning some of this. It's not up to ignorant consumers to decide just how and when Apple does more.
Rating: 12 Votes
45 months ago

Not sure about Apple's environmental responsibility...
All the adapters I had to buy (and later throw away) over the years because they decided to change or drop one of the plugs on their laptoprs... Mini-DVI, DVI, Firewire, different mag safe plugs – now they even dropped Thunderbolt on the new Macbook...


So you didn't take advantage of the numerous recycling programs offered by most electronics retailers and OEMs, and that's Apple's fault?
Rating: 11 Votes
45 months ago
Wow ! A lot of tin foil hats on today.

For starters, let's all tell Apple that they shouldn't do anything for the environment and add to the ongoing pollution by industries. There, now we are happy"?

There are plenty of good points in this thread dispelling that being able to change Ram and batteries etc. is NOT environmentally friendly.

I am not a friend of the all enclosed Macs, but I do trust Apple more to dispose of their stuff then John or Susan Doe, who may not even know that batteries do not belong in regular trash.

Thinner is better for the usage of less material. Taking out BPAs et. is good and and and.

The accusation that their assembly partners and sub-suppliers pollute instead is just that. Apple will not tolerate bad PR related to pollution and they audit factories all the time. Pollution is in these audits.

In general there is only so much one can do, but to just call the report a PR gimmick is totally uneducated drivel.
Rating: 9 Votes

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