Apple now carbon neutral in facilities across 23 countries, launches Apple Renew initiative

Apple now carbon neutral in facilities across 23 countries, launches Apple Renew initiative

Right now, the world's tech community is glued to their screens, watching every beat of Apple's livestreamed event. It's still ongoing, and company CEO Tim Cook has already addressed the ongoing FBI-Apple feud. That's pretty important, regardless of whether you're an iPhone user or not, as it will likely set a precedent moving forward. Another important issue that the world's richest company has long been working on and just launched a new initiative around? The environment.

As one of the world's largest corporations to ever exist, Apple getting behind environment initiatives is no small potatoes. In fact, two years ago, Apple vowed to become 100% carbon neutral—meaning that it'll derive the energy required to keep the lights on at all of its facilities worldwide, including data servers from renewable sources. Fast-forward to today, and the company has just reported that its worldwide operations now satisfy 93% of if energy needs through renewables like water, air, and solar. And across 23 countries, including the US, Canada, China, the UK, and Germany, Apple is now 100% carbon neutral. 

That's not all, however. Apple's is involved in a number of initiatives meant to not just reduce, but negate its paper requirements for things such as product packaging. From what we're told, 99% of the iPhone's packaging comes from recycled paper and sustainably managed forests. Taking a step further, Apple played a short ad of an internal R&D project called 'Liam', which is the name of a lovable robot that is able to deconstruct an iPhone down to its building blocks, allowing for materials such as silver and aluminum to be recycled and eventually re-used in future Apple products.

Finally, Apple announced a new Apple Renew initiative, which will allow users of its products to turn in their old phone or computer at an Apple Store, or send them directly to Apple via mail for free—shipping and all paid by the company.


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12 Comments

1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Haha. Good guy Apple trying to be seen as more than the protector of terrorists. Not looking for a debate about this so don't start. Polls say the many (if not most) Americans oppose Apple. Just saying that Apple is trying to sway them.

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Im with Apple on this one.

3. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Never ever will be with rotten bad fruit.

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You're always with apple regardless so that's irrelevant.

4. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

How ironic... They do deals in blinding the publics eye and under the table, and here they are protecting. Hypocritical....Apple.

5. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@natypes Apple is not the protector of terrorists. Apple is protecting it's customers with it's encryption. It's like companies who manufacture knives and cutlasses. Why do they manufacture knives, since armed robbers could use those knives to rob and kill? So, according to your statement, those companies who manufacture knives should be called "protectors or helpers of terrorists"? Though it's unfortunate that terrorists also take advantage of Apple's encryption (meant to protect it's law-abiding customers) to plan attacks or hide evidences. But it isn't Apple's fault if some people are assholes who use Apple's services to comimit crime in the name of their religion or whatever reason!

12. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Reading my friend, reading. You didn't do it very well.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

And they are absolutely right on opposing the FBI so it's just a plus that they're also helping the environment.

7. nodes

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

as far as i know, only Apple concerns about how it's products use environment friendly materials from the very first iPhone. and these last couple years expanding to their factories and buildings as well.

8. Unordinary unregistered

You're consuming months old polls.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

There's no possible way Apple can be carbon neutral

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Initiatives like these are nothing new, I remember Nokia having the exact same thing going for them, with degradable phones and what not. Instead of paying cents a day, people will benefit more if they bring their factories to USA and actually paid livable wages to Americans, further bolstering the economy.

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