Climate Change

We’re making more of an impact by making less of one.

100% renewable energy for 100% of our facilities.

In 2018, we reached a major milestone: 100% of the electricity we use at all our facilities comes from renewable sources. It’s the result of the relentless innovation that goes into everything we do, including our environmental priorities. We applied industry-leading research and invested in our own renewable energy projects, lowering emissions from our facilities to 1% of our comprehensive carbon footprint.

Producing renewable energy to meet our own needs.

To power all our corporate offices, retail stores, and data centers worldwide using only renewable energy, we need to produce a lot of it ourselves. So we’re developing our own solar, water, wind, and biogas fuel cell projects. Since 2011, our use of renewable energy has reduced the carbon emissions (CO2e) from our operations worldwide by 54% and prevented nearly 2.1 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere. In 2017 alone, we reduced CO2e by nearly 590,000 metric tons. Without renewable energy, these emissions would have more than tripled since 2011.

Apple Park, Cupertino, California

We measure more. So we can do more.

When we measure our carbon footprint, we don’t stop with ourselves. We include hundreds of suppliers, millions of customers, and hundreds of millions of devices. And we’re always looking for ways to make the biggest difference in five major areas: facilities, manufacturing, product use, transportation, and recycling. Once again, in 2017 we reduced our overall carbon footprint.

Transforming our manufacturing process to reduce emissions.

Manufacturing makes up 77% of our carbon footprint. Most of it is due to carbon emissions from the electricity used to make our products. So we’re sourcing lower-carbon materials, partnering with suppliers to reduce their energy use, and helping them switch to renewable energy. We believe that together we can transform the manufacturing process to dramatically reduce emissions.

We’re helping our suppliers switch to renewable energy.

The most significant way we’re reducing our manufacturing emissions is by helping our suppliers create new renewable energy sources. Partners across our supply chain are installing or investing in sizable solar projects, running their factories on 100% wind power, and purchasing clean energy from reputable utility programs. We’re also investing in renewable energy projects to address upstream emissions. As part of our clean energy program, Apple and our suppliers will generate and procure more than 4 gigawatts of new clean power worldwide by 2020. Once completed, this will represent approximately one-third of our current manufacturing carbon footprint.

Partners committed to 100% renewable energy for Apple production:

  • Arkema

  • Biel Crystal Manufactory Ltd.

  • Catcher Technology

  • Compal Electronics

  • DSM Engineering Plastics

  • Ecco Leather

  • Finisar

  • Golden Arrow

  • Ibiden

  • Jabil

  • Lens Technology

  • Luxshare-ICT

  • Mega Precision

  • Pegatron

  • Qorvo

  • Quadrant

  • Quanta Computer

  • Solvay

  • Sunway Communication

  • Sunwoda Electronics

  • Taiyo Ink Mfg. Co.

  • Wistron

  • Yuto

Ibiden floating solar farm, Japan

Since 2008, we’ve reduced the average energy consumed by Apple products by 68%.

When we measure our carbon footprint, we even include the energy consumers use to run their devices. And we continue to make advancements in our products’ efficiency. For example, iMac consumes up to 96% less energy in sleep mode than the first generation. The 12‑inch MacBook uses less than 0.5 watt in sleep mode. And you can charge your iPhone X once a day for a year for only 75 cents.1 When you multiply these reductions by all the Apple devices in the world, the impact on our carbon footprint really adds up.

We take responsibility for the energy used to ship and recycle our products.

We include all the energy used for shipping and recycling in our carbon footprint. So we strive to make our packaging smaller or lighter to consume less fuel when they’re transported by air and sea. We’re also adjusting our recycling practices. When collecting end-of-life products, we maximize the environmental benefits of recycling by weighing the availability of local recovery technology with the impacts of shipping materials for higher recovery.

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Trade in your eligible device for an Apple Store Gift Card, or have it recycled for free. We’ll make a donation to Conservation International for every device we receive.*

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