Apple has released a 10-year roadmap to ensure that every device it produces has a net-zero climate impact by 2030, as part of its plans to become carbon neutral.
The company announced today its commitment to achieving a net-zero carbon footprint across its product life cycles and manufacturing supply chains in 10 years' time. Apple said its global corporate operations are already carbon neutral but plans for its entire business, including all of its devices, to have a net-zero climate impact by 2030.
Outlined in its 2020 Environmental Progress Report, the goal is to reduce its emissions by 75 per cent and to develop carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 per cent to create a net zero sum.
"Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth," said Apple's CEO Tim Cook. "With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change."
Apple has created a 10-year climate roadmap as part of its report, which details the interventions and changes it intends to make by 2030. The measures are developed around five pillars: low-carbon design, energy efficiency, renewable electricity, direct emissions abatement and carbon removal.
As part of its plan to create low carbon products, Apple is developing a carbon-free aluminium smelting process that releases oxygen instead of greenhouse gases. It is currently working with aluminium suppliers to create the new production method, which it claims is the first of its kind. The first batch of this low-carbon aluminium is currently being used to produce a 16-inch MacBook Pro.
"The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet – they've helped us make our products more energy-efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world," Cook said.
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