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Apple Plans to Save Tons of Metal By Removing Power Adapters From iPhone Packaging

Apple said the decision to stop including power adapters with the iPhone 12 and other products will save 861,000 tons of copper, zinc, and tin. The smaller packaging of the iPhone 12 allows the company to transport the device more efficiently. According to Apple data, each shipping tray can carry up to 70% of iPhone 12 boxes.

The company has made claims in its 2021 environmental progress report, covering the 2020 fiscal year. Last year, Apple reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 2.5.1 million tons to 2.26 million tons. It also cuts 13.9 million kilowatt energy use.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives, said: “As a company, we are more urgent than ever to create a stronger and healthier one for our planet and its people. The future.” Opening letter. “By 2020, this means we have made real progress in fighting climate change. Apple has achieved global carbon neutrality, and we are committed to making our entire footprint – from supply chain to use of our production products) is carbon neutral. Now, these same products use more recycled materials than ever before, such as 40% recycled materials in MacBook Air with Retina display, and now we use iPhone 12 and Apple Watch 99% recycled tungsten used in the Series 6 “.

The report noted that the ongoing work of Apple’s Materials Recycling Lab in Texas is to recover materials such as rare earth elements, steel and tungsten from recycled iPhones. Apple said a ton of parts removed from the iPhone by its disassembling robot, Daisy, contained as much gold and copper as 150 tons of mined ore. The company also said 39,000 tonnes of e-waste was kept away from landfills last year.

Apple’s M1 chip is designed to improve energy efficiency, and the company said that using the processor in the Mac Mini can reduce the overall carbon footprint of the system by 34%. At the same time, Apple claims that due in part to the switch to a more energy-efficient power adapter, the power consumption of the 8th generation iPad is 66% less than the “Energy Star” rating requirement. In the last 12 years, Apple has reduced the average energy consumption of its products by more than 70%.

These efforts extend to Apple’s supply chain, where more than 110 suppliers have committed to using clean energy. As of December last year, more than 90% of companies have installed technology to reduce F-GHG emissions related to mounting display panels. 

A recent investment of US $ 200 million is to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by capturing carbon. However, it provides useful information on Apple’s progress in protecting the environment.


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