Apple Releases iPhone X Environmental Report

Apple has released its environmental report for the highly-anticipated iPhone X, explaining the smartphone’s performance in relation to climate change, material efficiency, energy efficiency, and restricted materials.

Apple believes that improving the environmental performance of our business starts with our products. The careful environmental management of our products throughout their life cycles includes controlling the quantity and types of materials used in their manufacture, improving their energy efficiency, and designing them for better recyclability. The information below details the environmental performance of iPhone X as it relates to climate change, energy efficiency, material efficiency, and restricted substances.

According to the report, the base model of the iPhone X generates what is the equivalent of 79 kilograms of carbon dioxide through an average life cycle. To put this into more relatable terms, this is the highest estimated greenhouse gas emissions of any iPhone since the 6 and 6 Plus. The large majority of these emissions come from the device’s production at 80 percent.

The iPhone X is designed with several features to reduce environmental impact, including arsenic-free display glass, recyclable stainless steel, and packaging materials sourced from responsibly managed forests, bamboo, waste sugarcane, or recycled paper. Additionally, the iPhone X is completely free from mercury, brominated flame retardant, PVC, and beryllium.

The iPhone X also received a highest-possible gold rating from EPEAT, a program ranking mobile phones based on their respective environmental attributes according to UL’s 110 standard. Every iPhone model since the SE has received a gold rating.

Apple’s committed attitude to minimal environmental impact is certainly inspiring, and one can only hope that other tech companies follow suit.