Climate Action

Apple commits to being carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030

Apple has committed to bringing its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets.

  • 22 July 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Apple has committed to bringing its entire carbon footprint to net zero 20 years sooner than IPCC targets.

Apple today unveiled its plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030.

The company is already carbon neutral for its global corporate operations. The new commitment will mean that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have net zero climate impact.

“Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

“The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet — they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth. With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”

Apple is providing detail on its approach to carbon neutrality with a roadmap for other companies, as industries look to reduce their impact on climate change.

In its 2020 Environmental Progress Report — released today — Apple details its plans to reduce emissions by 75 percent by 2030 while developing innovative carbon removal solutions for the remaining 25 percent of its comprehensive footprint.

The company say it will continue to increase the use of low carbon and recycled materials in its products.

Apple’s latest recycling innovation — a robot named “Dave” — disassembles the iPhone to better recover key materials while also enabling recovery of steel, the next step following its line of “Daisy” iPhone disassembly robots.

Apple will also identify new ways to lower energy use at its corporate facilities and help its supply chain make the same transition. Through a new partnership with Apple, the US-China Green Fund will invest $100 million in accelerated energy efficiency projects for Apple’s suppliers.

To tackle the removal of carbon, the company is investing in forests and other nature-based solutions around the world to remove carbon from the atmosphere. This week, it announced a first-of-its-kind carbon solutions fund to invest in the restoration and protection of forests and natural ecosystems globally.