Apple’s updated environmental report card by the numbers


Ahead of Earth Day celebrations planned for tomorrow, Apple today has completely revamped its environmental site with new stats alongside announcements for initiatives planned for the year to come. It also gave an interview with its new head of environmental issues Lisa Jackson. If you don’t want to dig through and read the multiple pages in Apple’s updated report, below we’ve put together a roundup of all the numbers and initiatives Apple announced today:

-2013 Carbon Footprint: 33,800,000 metric tons of green house gas emissions.

9 percent increase in carbon footprint for 2013 (after improving data accuracy from years prior).

169 percent increase in the use of renewable energy at Apple corporate facilities worldwide (35% in 2010).

-In 2013, converted 73 percent energy for all facilities — 86 percent for corporate campuses, and 100 percent for data centers.

-Already 120 U.S. retail stores powered with renewable energy in 2014.

-Two 20-megawatt solar arrays, nation’s largest privately owned onsite solar installation.

-Maiden data center generates 167 million kilowatt‑hours of renewable energy onsite per year — enough to power the equivalent of 13,837 homes.

Apple-greenhouse-emissions-2013-18‑ to 20‑megawatt solar array with new photovoltaic panel planned for 2015. Will generate over 43 million kilowatt‑hours of clean, renewable energy per year.

Apple Campus 2 will use 30 percent less energy than a typical R&D office building.

The cost to charge the battery of an iPhone 5s once a day in the U.S. is 51¢ per year.

-Power consumption in idle with the display on is 33 percent less than the previous‑generation 11‑inch MacBook Air.

-The 11‑inch MacBook Air consumes the least total energy in its class — 0.25W when off, 0.75W in sleep, and 6.0W with the display at full brightness.

Timer Coalescing lets a Mac use less energy by grouping operations together, reducing CPU activity up to 72 percent.

-iPhone packaging mass reduced by 26 percent from 2007 to 2013.

Mac Pro uses 74 percent less aluminum and steel than last gen.

-30% recycled  material in aluminum iMac stand.

-30% post-consumer recycled plastic in Mac Pro speakers.

Over 90 percent of recycled material from non-Apple products.

421 million pounds of equipment diverted from landfills since 1994.

-Reduced the average total power consumed by Apple products by 57 percent since 2008.

-New Clean Water Program pilot to increase water reuse and recycling at 13 water‑intensive supplier sites.

-Rollout of PVC‑free cables in China across all products complete.

-Cupertino HQ energy initiates saved enough energy to power 1200 homes per year.

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  1. fredhstein - 9 years ago

    Stellar results. Would love to see how they compare amazon, google hp csco orcl. ivm

  2. OK Samesung, you’re up…

  3. Kevweb (@kweb75) - 9 years ago

    I care more about the great products, innovation and the P/E ratio of AAPL. Stop focusing on this tree hugging garbage and bring me my iWatch and new Apple TV.

  4. drtyrell969 - 9 years ago

    Yeah, let’s see the environmental record of all the competitors. You don’t see Samsung having to jump through these bullshit hurdles to sell a phone.


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