Apple today released its Environmental Progress Report for 2021 with a central focus on its previously-announced goals to reach net carbon neutrality for all of its supply chain and products by 2030. Apple’s own operations have been carbon neutral since April 2020.
Achieving overall carbon neutrality by 2030 involves Apple designing products using more recycled materials. It also means making them ever more power efficient, as Apple aims to account for the amount of carbon these devices draw over their lifetime as well as what it takes to manufacture them.
An example of energy efficiency is the M1 chip in the fall 2020 lineup of Apple Silicon Macs. Apple says the low power-per-watt needs of the M1 chip have reduced the overall carbon footprint of the Mac mini by 34 percent.
As far as the supply chain is concerned, Apple has now signed up more than 110 manufacturing partners to commit to transitioning to 100% renewable energy production by 2030.
Apple’s Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, also penned a piece for the TIME 2030 environmental feature on climate change. For Earth Day, Apple TV+ has launched several new nature-based documentaries and there is an Earth Day activity challenge for Apple Watch.