Apple today released its Environmental Progress Report 2021, illustrating ongoing efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and to combat climate change.
Apple’s goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 it is also central in the new report. For example, the company highlights the increasing use of recycled materials in its products and packaging, environmentally friendly design and renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions.
Apple explained that increase energy efficiency of a device can significantly reduce the carbon emissions that that model causes during its use. For example, the M1 chip’s low power-per-watt requirements have reduced the Mac mini’s overall carbon footprint by up to 34 percent.
The company has faced some of the most controversial environmental decisions made in the past year, such as the removing the power adapter and EarPods from the iPhone box. Apple says this choice will save the unnecessary mining of 861,000 tons of copper, tin and zinc from the earth. Additionally, the removal of these two accessories has allowed thinner iPhone packages to be used, meaning Apple can now fit 70% more devices per shipping pallet, reducing the carbon footprint of transporting iPhones.