iPhone SE in carbon-free aluminum: the smartphone goes green

Apple is committed to leaving the planet better than we found it and our Green Bonds are a key tool in driving our environmental efforts forward.

explains Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. Of the three Green Bond sets, two have already been “fully allocated“, the third (of 2019) is supporting 50 different projects – including that of Elysis – for

  • offset 2,883,000 tons of CO2 equivalent
  • install approximately 700MW of renewable energy capacity worldwide
  • promoting research and development on recycling systems

Apple’s data center in Viborg, Denmark

It is not the first time that Apple has used this type of aluminum: the innovative material provided by Elysis – a joint venture between Alcoa and Rio Tinto – is in fact present on the 16-inch MacBook Pro (the model launched in November 2019, HERE you will find our review ). From 2015 to today, Apple reveals, the switch to recycled and molten aluminum using hydroelectric energy (and therefore not from fossil fuels) has made it possible to reduce carbon emissions by 70%. The iPads currently on the market, the latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and Apple Watch are all made from 100% recycled aluminum.

Part of the proceeds from the third set of Green Bond was used to complete the Viborg wind farm, in Denmark, for powering Apple’s data center. The wind turbines are the largest onshore in the world, each 200 meters tall and produce 62 gigawatts each year. Excess energy is fed into the country’s grid. In 2023, a new infrastructure is planned to be built again in Viborg to capture excess thermal energy.


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