Apple’s 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report Details Climate Change Commitment

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Apple has released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report (previously known as their Facilities Environmental Footprint Report; the new title falls in line with its annual Supplier Responsibility Reports), which details how the company continues to commit to reducing its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment, covering fiscal year 2013.

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The company says it recalculated its 2012 emissions using the same new methodology applied for its 2013 report, and found their carbon footprint was 3 percent smaller from 2012 to 2013, the first time the company has noted a decline since tracking of data began in 2009.

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Below are some updated highlights that make up the full 2014 report:

  • 145 U.S. retail stores and all retail stores in Australia are being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
  • Energy carbon footprint dropped by 31 percent from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013, despite overall energy consumption increased 44 percent over that time.
  • Energy efficiency programs at corporate offices in Cupertino over the past three years saved 28.5 million kWh of electricity and 751,000 therms of natural gas.
  • The commute alternatives program for employees provided over 1 million trips, equivalent to taking more than 15,000 vehicles off the roads in terms of greenhouse gas emissions saved
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Apple also noted some challenges the company continues to face:
  • In 2013, water consumption rose significantly, due to construction and expansion activities
  • Manufacturing partners contribute the largest portion of their carbon footprint (70%), an area the company is addressing

The report includes details on how making smaller packaging continues to help ship more products per trip. The iPhone 5s box is 41 percent smaller than the original iPhone’s box, while a redesigned slanted iMac packaging allows for more stacks per pallet to be shipped, saving emissions.

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As for the new Mac Pro, it uses 74 percent less aluminum and steel than the previous generation design—and 68 percent less material than the first iMac.

When it comes to the company’s recycling initiatives, Apple notes in total they have recycled 421 million pounds of electronic waste. All items recycled and collected at Apple retail stores are processed regionally—and never shipped overseas.

You can check out the full report here. Is there another company as transparent as Apple when it comes to their environmental goals and initiatives?