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Cupertino, California – In a major environmental stride, tech giant Apple announced on Tuesday its commitment to sustainability by introducing carbon-neutral versions of three Apple Watch models. This initiative, marked by a new green logo on the watch boxes, is a testament to Apple’s dedication to reducing its carbon footprint across the entire production and transportation process.
Clean Energy Revolution
Apple’s ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 extends not only to its operations but also to its extensive supply chain. A significant reduction in emissions associated with the new Apple Watches is achieved through the adoption of clean electricity during the manufacturing process.
As part of its eco-friendly journey, Apple proudly shared that a staggering 300 of its suppliers have now pledged to utilize clean energy in their manufacturing operations, effectively mitigating emissions, which have historically been a key contributor to Apple Watch production’s carbon footprint.
Reducing Carbon Footprints in Transportation
One of the more remarkable shifts in Apple’s sustainability efforts is its approach to transportation. The company has traditionally relied on planes to transport its consumer electronics, optimizing inventory management and profitability. However, the environmental impact of air travel has been a growing concern.
With the introduction of these new watches, Apple is charting a different course. Approximately half of the shipments of these carbon-neutral watches will now traverse the globe via eco-friendly modes of transportation such as boats, trains, and other non-air methods. These alternatives are known to burn significantly less fuel and generate fewer carbon emissions, thus contributing to the fight against climate change.
Apple executives revealed during a product launch event that shipments by boat emit only a fraction—1/20th—of the emissions compared to those by air, a significant leap towards a greener future.
Cleaner Watches, Greener Future
The three Apple Watch models – Apple Watch Series 9, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Ultra 2 – bearing the distinctive green logo will not only have lower emissions than their predecessors but also reinforce Apple’s commitment to carbon neutrality. To offset the remaining emissions, Apple plans to invest in carbon offsets.
Lisa Jackson, the head of Apple’s environmental and governance efforts, highlighted this commitment, stating, “Although everything would theoretically be carbon neutral if we did that (purchase offsets) tomorrow, we wanted to be absolutely clear that we are doing everything we can to cut (emissions) with current technology.”
The environmental strides can be seen in numbers as well. For instance, the new aluminum Series 9 watch with a sport loop band will have a mere 8.1 kg (18 lb) of emissions remaining after Apple’s sustainable changes, compared to the standard stainless steel version’s 29 kg (64 lb).
Towards a Sustainable Future
Apple’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond its watches. All new watches, including standard editions, now incorporate custom alloys of aluminum and titanium derived from recycled materials. Additionally, the batteries in these watches contain only recycled cobalt, addressing concerns related to both climate and human rights.
John Ternus, Apple’s hardware engineering chief, emphasized their commitment, stating, “We’re absolutely planning to roll that out across” more of Apple’s products in the future. This commitment reflects a broader industry trend, with Apple taking the lead in pushing suppliers toward adopting sustainable practices.
A Greener Tomorrow for All
Apple executives did not comment directly on whether the green-tagged watches would be less profitable than their standard counterparts. However, Lisa Jackson emphasized Apple’s focus on changes that can be replicated by other businesses. “Since most firms are willing to make the shift, there couldn’t be a premium in order to make this repeatable because they would still need to be able to generate revenue, pay their employees, and purchase materials.,” Jackson said.
As Apple’s journey toward carbon neutrality unfolds, it not only sets a commendable example for the tech industry but also provides hope for a more sustainable and eco-conscious future.