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34% reduction in carbon footprint withM1

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100% recycled tungsten in the Taptic Engine

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100% final assembly sites verified certified zero waste

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No outer plastic wrapping

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100% recycled aluminium enclosure

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No mercury, no PVC, no beryllium, no BRFs*

Apple has a plan.

We’ve been carbon neutral since 2020. By 2030, all our products will betoo.

Behind every Apple product is a plan for the future.

Our goal of making products with net zero carbon impact by 2030 goes hand in hand with our commitment to those most affected by climate change — and to global communities that are finding solutions and taking inclusive action to fightit.

Low-carbon design

We’re designing carbon impact out of our products by increasing recycled content, using material more efficiently and reducing the amount of energy theyuse.

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Energy efficiency

We’re finding more ways to increase energy efficiency across all our retail stores, data centres, offices and manufacturing sites.

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Renewable electricity

Our corporate operations already run on 100% renewable electricity generated from solar, wind and other renewable sources. By 2030, clean energy will be used to make every Apple product and will account for customers’ product energy use as well.

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Avoiding direct emissions

We’re finding solutions for manufacturing and shipping materials, components and products in ways that reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions.

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Carbon removal

By investing in nature, we’re working to remove carbon from the atmosphere to address the emissions we can’t yet avoid, while also supporting local communities and restoring biodiversity.

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Designed to leave the world better than we foundit.

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100% recycled gold in the wire of all cameras

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100% recycled tin in the solder of main logic board

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100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets

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Antenna lines are made from upcycled water bottles

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Oops resistant.

Durable design withstands spills, splashes and drops for longeruse

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Daisy the robot disassembles iPhone into recyclable parts1

The fight against climate change is a fight for economic equality.

Climate solutions can help dismantle systemic barriers.

Communities of colour often bear the greatest impact of climate change. Environmental solutions can help advance equity for these communities. In July 2020, Apple announced the inaugural Impact Accelerator programme to support 15 Black-, Hispanic/Latinx- and Indigenous-owned businesses at the cutting edge of green technology and clean energy, to champion equity and opportunity in the environmental sector. As part of Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI), this programme helps combat systemic barriers to opportunity while advancing innova­tive solutions for communities most affected by climate change. The businesses are based across the United States — from Silicon Valley in California, to Detroit, Michigan, to tribal nations in the Midwest — and are driving innovation in energy efficiency, solar, green chemistry, recycling and other environmental areas. Many are focused on bringing clean energy, opportunity and vital services to vulnerable and underserved communities. The three-month Impact Accelerator programme includes one-to-one mentorship with Apple experts on topics like renewable energy and responsible sourcing. By connecting innovators, both in our inaugural class and at Apple, we’re creating more opportunities for progress in our shared goals. The second cohort of Impact Accelerator participants began in August2022.

Learn more about REJI


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Clean energy is
no longer optional.

The emissions from manufacturing our products account for about 70% of our carbon footprint. By transitioning to clean energy across our supply chain, we can erase the majority of that footprint. Since 2015 Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Programme has helped our manufacturing suppliers switch to renewable electricity generated from solar, wind and other renewable projects. In 2021 the renewable energy online in our supply chain generated 18.3 million megawatt-hours of clean energy, avoiding almost 14 million tonnes of carbon emissions. Today 213 suppliers have committed to 100% renewable electricity for Apple production, representing the majority of Apple’s direct worldwide spending for materials, manufacturing and assembly of products. And by 2030, every Apple product will be made with 100% clean energy.

Our products use less power. That’s powerful.

Energy-saving products reduce our carbon footprint. Andyours.

The electricity our customers use to power their Apple devices makes up 22% of our carbon footprint and affects the carbon footprint of each customer. Designing products that require less energy is one of the major ways we can lower their carbon impact, even as they’re being used. Software and power-efficient components in our devices intelligently manage the amount of power they consume. Apple devices consistently rank among the high-performing products rated by ENERGYSTAR®. And the transition to Applesilicon in Mac computers has significantly increased product energy efficiency. Macmini consumes up to 60% less energy while in active use than the previous generation.2

In many places, electricity comes from clean sources like the sun or wind at certaintimes of day. iOS16 includes a new feature, currently available to users in the United States, that aims to decrease the carbon footprint of iPhone: Clean Energy Charging. When an iPhone is plugged in, this feature looks at the sources of the electricity during expected charge time and optimises for when the grid is using cleaner energy sources like solar or wind. It’s a small step forward, but when it comes to decreasing our carbon footprint, every step counts.

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more recycled tungsten, rare earth elements and cobalt used in our products in 2021

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less single-use plastic in packaging compared with 2015

One less thing.

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Fewer chargers mean less environmental impact.

Power adapters use the largest amounts of certain materials, including plastic, copper, tin and zinc. By removing them from iPhone12 packaging, we estimate that we avoided mining over 550,000 tonnes of copper, tin and zinc ore. Using smaller, lighter packaging lets us fit up to 70% more iPhone boxes per shipping pallet, which helps further reduce our carbon footprint. Eliminating power adapters from device packaging lets us avoid more than 2million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to removing 500,000 cars from the road for a year. Leaving out those adapters was a bold change for Apple and a necessary one for our planet.

We’re investing in some wild ideas for carbon removal.

Nature can help us
get to neutral.

We’re striving to bring our emissions down as low as possible. But there are some emissions we can’t yet avoid. To remove unavoidable carbon emissions from the atmosphere, we are starting with nature-based solutions. With Conservation International (CI) and Goldman Sachs, we created the $200million Restore Fund to make investments in natural climate solutions while seeking to generate a financial return. The world’s forests, wetlands and grasslands have an important role to play in achieving global climate targets. We’re already working with CI to naturally restore the degraded savannahs of the Chyulu Hills in Kenya, demonstrate innova­tive new models with 27,000acres of mangrove forest in coastal Colombia, and conserve the Amazon rainforest from loss in the Río Nieva Reserved Zone of northern Peru. Through the Restore Fund, we’re aiming to remove at least 1million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. All these efforts combined will help sequester carbon, restore ecosystems, and engage local and Indigenous communities, while helping us along the way to our 2030 goal of carbon neutrality.

It takes guts
erase our footprint.

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Using recycled materials lowers the carbon impact of our products.

Our goal is to one day make every Apple product with 100% recycled or renewable materials. To achieve that, we need to design devices to use more recycled content and make sure these materials get recovered when products reach end-of-life. When we use recycled and renewable materials, we lower our reliance on mining, shipping and processing raw materials, thereby reducing our carbon footprint and conserving precious natural resources. Aluminium is one of our most widely used materials, and it represented over a quarter of our product manufacturing footprint in 2015. So we developed a 100% recycled alloy that still meets our high standards for performance and durability. The new AppleWatch Series8 and AppleWatchSE use 100% recycled aluminium in their cases — joining all iPad models, MacBookAir, Macmini, and the 14‑inch and 16‑inch MacBookPro models. Thanks to these changes, aluminium made up less than 10% of our 2021 product manufacturingfootprint.

Every Apple product contains materials that can be used to build new ones. And research from our Material Recovery Lab in Texas helps us reclaim more of those building blocks with innova­tive tools and technologies. Daisy, Dave and Taz, our disassembly robots, take apart iPhone devices and components to recover crucial materials like gold, cobalt, tungsten and rare earth elements. These collected materials make it back to the raw materials marketplace so that we, and others, can use recycled materials for the next generation of products. Improving the ways we source and recycle precious materials is one of the many ways we can reduce the carbon impact of our products and preserve our planet’s natural resources.

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of clean energy brought online in our manufacturing supply chain

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reduction in average product energy use since 20083

Creating a positive impact with clean energy.

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Clean energy benefits our company, communities and the environment.

As Apple continues the journey to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2030, we’re also focusing our efforts on democratising access to renewable electricity around the world. Since 2019 our Power for Impact programme has funded projects with clear carbon, ecological and social benefits, giving local communities and organisations access to cost-effective energy while we retain the environmental attributes of each project. Solar projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Nigeria, Vietnam, Colombia, Israel and South Africa help provide cost-effective energy to communities facing energy challenges. Recently Apple brought renewable energy to over 3,500 South African households that previously lacked access. We are also helping to reduce electricity costs for the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired by funding rooftop solar panel installations at three schools across South Africa. And in October 2021 we announced a partnership with the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority, a 500-megawatt clean energy project put forward by six Sioux tribes in the Dakotas, to develop tribal renewable energy resources for the wholesale market. This project will support a large-scale wind power development in the Midwest. We’re continuing to find more ways to expand access to clean, affordable energy solutions around the world, empowering people and progress one renewable energy project at a time.

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We consider our impact on people and the planet in everything we do. And we continue to ask ourselves how we can make our work an even greater force for good in the world.

Lisa Jackson, Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives

The proof is in

the products.

Learn more about the progress of your Apple devices with our product environmental reports.









Archived reports

    Closer to 100% carbon neutral.

    We’re already carbon neutral across our corporate operations and are on the way to making carbon-neutral products by 2030. Learn more about our latest efforts to reduce our remaining carbon footprint, fight climate change and support equity.

    View the 2022 Environmental Progress Report (PDF)

    Additional Reports
    and Resources

    Smarter Chemistry

    Apple has a rigorous programme to ensure the safety of chemicals used in our products. Learn about Apple’s strict standards, detailed toxicological assessments, and methodology for assessing chemicals of concern.

    Climate Change

    Climate change is a defining issue of our time. Our goal is to achieve complete carbon neutrality by 2030. Below are detailed updates on our progress.

    People and the Environment in Our Supply Chain

    We hold ourselves and our suppliers to the highest standards for labour and human rights protections, health and safety in the workplace, environmental practices and the responsible sourcing of materials.

    Visit the Supplier Responsibility site

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Find out the answers to common questions about Apple and the environment.

    Read the FAQs

    More from Apple on the environment.


    What is best definition of environment? ›

    Environment can be defined as a sum total of all the living and non-living elements and their effects that influence human life. While all living or biotic elements are animals, plants, forests, fisheries, and birds, non-living or abiotic elements include water, land, sunlight, rocks, and air.

    What are the 3 types of environment? ›

    The three types of environment are:
    • Internal environment.
    • External macro environment.
    • External micro environment.

    What are examples of environment? ›

    The environment, as far as humans are concerned, is our natural world, including, for example, the atmosphere, land, vegetation, oceans, rivers, and lakes. Put simply, the term refers to all the physical surroundings on our planet.

    What is the difference between nature and environment? ›

    Environment is the surroundings of, and influences on, a particular item of interest while nature is (uncountable) the natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design example the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of ...

    What words can describe environment? ›

    Synonyms of environment
    • surroundings.
    • atmosphere.
    • climate.
    • environs.
    • surround.
    • context.
    • terrain.
    • setting.

    What are the 4 types of environment? ›

    The atmosphere or air, lithosphere, or rocks and soil, hydrosphere, or water, and the biological component of the environment, or biosphere, are the four basic components of the environment.

    What are the 2 main types of environment? ›

    There are two different types of environment:
    • Geographical Environment.
    • Man-made Environment.

    What are 5 ways to environment? ›

    Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth
    • Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Cut down on what you throw away. ...
    • Volunteer. Volunteer for cleanups in your community. ...
    • Educate. ...
    • Conserve water. ...
    • Choose sustainable. ...
    • Shop wisely. ...
    • Use long-lasting light bulbs. ...
    • Plant a tree.
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    What are the 5 environments? ›

    Tip. Businesses must consider the competitive, economic, consumer, regulatory and technological environments if they wish to succeed.

    WHAT IS environment in our life? ›

    An Environment is everything that is around us, which includes both living and nonliving things such as soil, water, animals and plants, which adapt themselves to their surroundings. It is nature's gift that helps in nourishing life on Earth.

    Why environment is important? ›

    Our forests, rivers, oceans and soils provide us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we irrigate our crops with. We also rely on them for numerous other goods and services we depend on for our health, happiness and prosperity. These natural assets are often called the world's 'natural capital'.

    What is a good sentence for environment? ›

    "He works under a very stressful environment." "He doesn't like his working environment." "Teachers work hard to create a good learning environment." "The business environment can be stressful."

    What are the characteristics of environment? ›

    A person's environment includes at least the following components: water, food, air, x rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, heat, life-style, pharmaceuticals, and health maintenance.

    Are there different types of environments? ›

    Aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric

    Based on the components, the environment may also be classified into (1) aquatic environment (marine, such as oceans and seas, and freshwaters, such as lakes and rivers), (2) terrestrial environment (land), and (3) atmospheric environment (air).

    Does nature mean environment? ›

    It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness—wild animals, rocks, forest, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention.

    What does environment mean in vocabulary? ›

    Environment generally refers to your surroundings. If something is good for the environment, it is beneficial to the complex system of plant and animal life, water and air on Earth. An environment need not be so large, however. The environment of your living room means the tables, chairs and decor that are in the room.

    What is the short word for environment? ›

    You might abbreviate the word environment to env., envr., or envir.

    What are 7 extreme environments? ›

    Major classes of extreme environments encompass acidic (pH < 5), alkaline (pH > 9), hypersaline (salinity > 35‰), pressurized (> 0.1 MPa), hot (> 40°C), cold (<5°C), dry (aw < 0.80), and high-radiation environments.

    What are the 6 levels of the environment? ›

    Levels of organization in ecology include the organism, population, community, ecosystem, biome, and biosphere.

    What are the seven environments? ›

    In this vein, the general environment classified into differed seven segments i.e: demographic, economic, political/legal, sociocultural, technological, global and physical.

    What is human made environment? ›

    Explanation: An environment that has been created by humans to satisfy their requirements is said to be an “environment that has been human-made.” Humans have shaped their environments by constructing things like buildings, roads and bridges.

    What are the 4 functions of the environment? ›

    These functions can be grouped into four main types – source, sink, service and spiritual. Earth's source function refers to its natural resources which have originated directly from the biophysical environment. Examples include water, soil, timber, fish stocks, minerals and fossil fuels.

    What are 5 examples of nature? ›

    Few examples of natural things are – The moon, sun, river, clouds, mountain, rain, water and so on.

    How can we maintain a good environment? ›

    Here are a few easy and effective ways you can choose to reduce your daily impact and make a world of difference:
    1. Bring a bag. ...
    2. Invest in a reusable water bottle. ...
    3. Bring your own reusable cup. ...
    4. Refuse single-use items. ...
    5. Avoid products with microbeads. ...
    6. Shop in bulk. ...
    7. Make sure your waste goes to the right place. ...
    8. Compost.
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    How do you develop an environment? ›

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    Why should we protect environment? ›

    Healthy ecosystems clean our water, purify our air, maintain our soil, regulate the climate, recycle nutrients and provide us with food. They provide raw materials and resources for medicines and other purposes.

    What is a successful environment? ›

    Conditions for success include, among others: realistic targets, appropriate resources, the right level of support, and proper incentives to facilitate collaboration and information sharing between employees.

    How does your environment affect your life? ›

    The environment can facilitate or discourage interactions among people (and the subsequent benefits of social support). For example, an inviting space with comfortable chairs and privacy can encourage a family to stay and visit with a patient. The environment can influence peoples' behavior and motivation to act.

    What makes an environment healthy? ›

    Clean air, stable climate, adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, safe use of chemicals, protection from radiation, healthy and safe workplaces, sound agricultural practices, health-supportive cities and built environments, and a preserved nature are all prerequisites for good health.

    What is the role of human in the environment? ›

    Humans impact the physical environment in many ways: overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation. Changes like these have triggered climate change, soil erosion, poor air quality, and undrinkable water.

    What is the most important thing for the environment? ›

    Reduce your waste

    We need to make wasting our resources unacceptable in all aspects of our life. Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly clear, having drastic impacts on marine life.

    What are 5 sentences examples? ›

    5 sentences:
    • My mom taught me to finish everything on my plate at dinner.
    • The only problem with a pencil, is that they do not stay sharp long enough.
    • Our school building is made of bricks.
    • Every night I get woken up by the sound of a barking dog across the street.
    • Salad is for rabbits.

    What does environment in 100 words mean? ›

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    The atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere constitute the physical category, and the biological category comprises human beings and other living beings. In simple terms, the environment is defined as the combination and interrelation between all biotic and abiotic components.

    What traits can the environment affect? ›

    Explanation: Environmental factors influence traits in plants and animals. These traits include things like weight, height, size, and color. If a child does not get proper nutrition, their height may be stunted as an adult.

    What is natural environment called? ›

    An ecosystem (also called as environment) is a natural unit consisting of all plants, animals and micro-organisms (biotic factors) in an area functioning together with all of the non-living physical (abiotic) factors of the environment.

    Which is a threat to environment? ›

    Twenty-first century threats to our environment—including invasive species, diseases, pollution, and a warming climate—are putting wildlife populations at risk.

    What is another word for in nature? ›

    essential. Synonyms:basic, fundamental, natural, naturally, raw, inherent, integral, fundamentally.

    How do you remember the definition of environment? ›

    Think of the environment as everything that is around you. A quiet room with good lighting and no distractions is a good environment for doing homework, or at least that's what your parents and teachers think. Environment generally refers to your surroundings.

    What is environment short definition for kids? ›

    What is the environment? The environment is everything around us. All our surroundings including the air, soil, water, plants, and animals make up the environment. Earth. Source: NASA.

    What is the definition of environment quizlet? ›

    Environment. The biological and physical surroundings in which any given living organism exists. Includes living and non-living components. (

    What is the official definition of environment? ›

    : the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded. : the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (such as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.

    What are the qualities of a good environment? ›

    4.1. 2- Characteristics of a healthy outdoor environment
    • Water quality and adequecy.
    • Air quality and adequacy.
    • Soil quality and adequacy.
    • Levels of biodiversity.
    • Pest and introduced species.

    What is another word for good environment? ›

    What is another word for positive environment?
    positive spacegood atmosphere
    healthy environmentsafe place

    What are 5 different environments? ›

    Aquatic, terrestrial, and atmospheric

    Based on the components, the environment may also be classified into (1) aquatic environment (marine, such as oceans and seas, and freshwaters, such as lakes and rivers), (2) terrestrial environment (land), and (3) atmospheric environment (air).

    What is the environment called? ›

    An ecosystem (also called as environment) is a natural unit consisting of all plants, animals and micro-organisms (biotic factors) in an area functioning together with all of the non-living physical (abiotic) factors of the environment.

    Which are the major components of the environment definition? ›

    Components of environment can be classified as follows- 1)Natural- Air, water, land, soil, animals. 2)Human- Individual, family, society, other such group of individuals. 3)Human Made- Buildings, parks, industries etc.

    Who gave definition of environment? ›


    According to Kurt Lewin, environment is of three types which influence the personality. of an individual as under: (a) Physical Environment, (b) Social and Cultural Environment, and. (c) Psychological Environment.

    Why environment is important in our life? ›

    Our forests, rivers, oceans and soils provide us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we irrigate our crops with. We also rely on them for numerous other goods and services we depend on for our health, happiness and prosperity. These natural assets are often called the world's 'natural capital'.

    What is environment in 50 words? ›

    The surroundings in which life exists on earth are called the environment. The environment contains air, water, sunlight, trees, animals, and human beings. They are the living and non-living creatures of the earth. The trees, human- beings, and animals are living organisms.

    Why environment is important for us? ›

    Our environment provides a wide range of benefits, such as the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, as well as the many materials needed in our homes, at work and for leisure activities.


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