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3 Ways Apple Inc. Helps in the Fight Against Climate Change

Over the years, the tech giant has been putting up efforts to lessen their carbon footprint and become fully carbon neutral by the year 2030.

Tech giant Apple, known for its iPhones that get everyone lining up in their stores overnight, has announced more initiatives to help in the fight with climate change.

On Tuesday, July 21, Apple stated that they will be introducing changes to their production processes and device components to make them greener and more sustainable. They said that with this initiative, all their products will have “zero net climate impact” by the year 2030.

“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. He adds that this move does not only benefit the environment, but also helps with the energy efficiency of their products. (Read: How a Slight Change in Your Diet Can Help Fight Climate Change)

But how exactly is Apple going to go greener?

Design Change

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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro uses a new manufacturing process that the company says reduced its carbon footprint by 4.3 million metric tons in 2019. (Photo from Apple / Wired)

The company is trying to redesign its products and reengineer its components so that it will have fewer carbon footprints and be more energy-efficient. (Read: Vatican Applauds ‘Diocese of Maasin’ for Renewable Energy Efforts)

They are also improving their products’ longevity for users to change their devices less—which is actually better for the planet. Even the substances and chemical components used for their iPhones, iPads, and other products are being studied to see their “effects on human health and the environment.”

Material Innovation and Recycling

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Apple supported the development of an aluminum production method that releases oxygen, rather than greenhouse gases, during the smelting process. (Photo from Apple)

There are 45 materials that comprise Apple devices, and the company is studying each material for its impacts on the environment. (Read: Baguio Bishop Hits Property Developer for ‘Murder’ of Pine Trees)

Now, they are looking at 14 materials that can be obtained from renewable sources such as aluminum, cobalt, and copper. Apple is also developing custom aluminum alloys made from recycled materials for the enclosure of MacBook Air, Apple Watch, Mac Mini, and iPad. As for packaging, they have already switched from plastic packaging to a molded-fiber one since the iPhone 7.

Materials Recovery

Apple has created Daisy and Dave—two robots whose job is to disassemble Apple devices and scavenge for materials that are still in good shape. Daisy is the one who disassembles the old devices and looks for components that can be reused for new gadgets, while Dave is the one who helps look for “rare earth elements, steel, and tungsten.” (Read: Pasig City Raises P1.2 Billion to Buy Gadgets for Online Classes)

The company is also encouraging its patrons to surrender their old Apple devices so they can “close the loop.” Whatever salvageable parts from old phones and devices are used for producing new devices such as the MacBook Air’s enclosure.

Since 2008, Apple has been continuously making an effort into making its devices more efficient and long-lasting. In fact, since 2008, the energy consumption of Apple devices has decreased a significant 73%. In 2018, the company also announced that all its stores worldwide are now 100% powered by renewable energy.

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