Apple Shares 2018 Environmental Report With Details on Daisy Recycling Robot, Progress on Closed-Loop Supply Chain

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today shared its 2018 environmental report [PDF], outlining all of the improvements and changes that were implemented throughout 2017 and early 2018 to lessen the company's overall environmental impact.

    As was announced earlier this month, Apple recently hit a major milestone and longtime environmental goal, with 100 percent of its operations around the world powered by renewable energy. Apple has also convinced 23 of its suppliers to commit to using 100 percent renewable energy so far.

    A map of Apple's renewable energy projects​

    These efforts allowed Apple to cut down on its total carbon footprint in 2017. During the year, Apple was responsible for 27.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, down from 29.5 million metric tons in 2016.

    A breakdown of Apple's carbon footprint​

    Through its unwavering commitment to renewable energy, improvements to energy efficiency, and a reduction in emissions from aluminum manufacturing, Apple has reduced emissions by 54 percent worldwide since 2011, and as of 2018, 66 percent of the renewable energy Apple procures comes from Apple's own projects.

    Over the course of 2017, Apple worked to implement energy efficiency improvements to its facilities around the world, including Apple retail stores. Upgrades were made to LED lighting, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, resulting in an overall electricity savings of 3.7 million kilowatt-hours per year.


    Apple's overall energy footprint was reduced by 14.7 million kWh and 225,000 therms in fiscal 2017, and combined with other efficiency measures implemented since 2011, Apple cumulatively saves 70 million kWh of electricity and 2.4 million therms of natural gas per year. The company has also worked directly with its suppliers to audit facilities and find opportunities for better energy efficiency, with the program saving an annualized 320,000 metric tons of C02e from entering the atmosphere in 2017.

    Today's environmental report highlights Apple's newest recycling robot, Daisy. Daisy can disassemble 200 iPhones per hour, removing and sorting components more efficiently than Apple's previous recycling robot, Liam. Daisy removes and sorts components from the iPhone, allowing Apple to collect more materials than it would get from traditional recycling methods.

    Daisy has a smaller footprint than Liam and can disassemble multiple models of iPhone with higher variation compared to the earlier robot. Using Daisy, Apple was able to make progress towards its goal of creating products without mining materials from the earth, aka the closed loop supply chain that it announced as a goal in 2017.


    Apple says that in 2017, it invited "key stakeholders" to small "closed-door roundtables" in Europe, the U.S., and China to get targeted feedback on its closed-loop supply chain ambitions. Apple spoke with academics, NGOs, industry leaders, and other companies.

    The company has also been investing in research to figure out the barriers to implementing a closed-loop system, and it has been launching pilot programs to determine possible solutions. Apple outlines several materials and programs it's currently focusing on, including aluminum (sourced from old iPhones), cobalt (battery scrap is now shipped to a recycler), copper (reducing copper usage on PCBs), glass (new reuse and reprocess methods), paper (sustainable forests), plastics (aiming to eliminate plastics), rare earth elements (exploring new recycling technologies), steel (increasing recycled content), and tungsten (recovered from the Taptic Engine and sent to specialty recycler).

    Apple's main accomplishment in 2017 was the use of 100 percent recycled tin for the solder on the main logic board in the iPhone 6s. Recycled tin is now being used for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

    For those interested, Apple's full environmental report [PDF] goes into much greater detail on landfill usage, water usage, dangerous materials, recycling, product efficiency, and more, and it's well worth reading if you want to brush up on Apple's environmental protection efforts.

    Article Link: Apple Shares 2018 Environmental Report With Details on Daisy Recycling Robot, Progress on Closed-Loop Supply Chain
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    This may well end up being Cooks largest legacy, and a very important one at that.

    Cudos to Apple for being a forerunner and global symbol for the environment.
  3. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
  4. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    I don't know about you guys, but mass dumping (producing) millions of iPhones with batteries by the week and churning them out all over the world doesn't really seem environmentally friendly to me...

    Don't drink the Kool-aid with a spin to it, guys.
  5. luvbug macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
    So, you must know some other company making mobile devices without batteries? Please share! Otherwise, your comment makes no sense at all.
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    What are you talking about? Samsung Galaxy phones run purely on the “moar corez means better” gloat of green-bubble maggots.
  7. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    On the basis that lithium ion batteries are so good for our environment. /s
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You must be that one guy who enjoys Angry Birds on his landline.
  9. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    They sell leather for God's sake: iPad, iPhone cases, watch bands, etc.

    There is no eco-friendly, renewable way to make leather.

    Cows poop, produce methane, require deforested lands.

    Then all the chemicals to make leather pollute, including coal-tar, chromium, arsenic etc--very toxic things. If you live near a tannery, you're more likely to develop cancer.

    If Apple wants to be eco-friendly, eliminating leather would be a good step. Even if it means Jony Ive doesn't get to hobnob with the Hermes people.
  10. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    I can't help get the feeling if you want to be a supplier with Apple you must use clean energy otherwise we don't wanna know you.. or we'll convert you over too use 100% renewable energy

    It's not only products they think different about

    Every time a barrier happens, their slogan seems to stick 100% as well.
  11. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    I think that the most eco-friendly product is the one that lasts not just for one / two years. Ok, I get it, average person buys a new phone every two years, but what about computers and their upgradability? If I could simply upgrade ram / SSD on my MBP, it would be usable for a longer period of time. If the iPhone is designed to be simply repairable and the repairs are cheaper (not like $500 to replace the iPhone X back), a lot of people would be using their phones for a little longer... etc. etc.

    This is pure marketing, they care more about the money than the environment.
  12. anthogag macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2015
    It is good to see this from Apple.

    I personally have been recycling what I can for at least 20 years.

    My car is a PZEV vehicle.

    From my home I can walk to many places and buy things I need.
  13. ChaMouse macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2010
    hmm... US map does not include all of US while China map includes country that is not China :cool:

  14. FourDegrees macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2017
  15. recoil80 macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2014
    Good point.
    You wanna be eco friendly? Just make your products last longer. I can see why they want to solder everything on the main board, but why do I have to replace my entire computer just for an upgrade?
    Think about an iMac. The display is good, can serve you for about 10 years. Wouldn't be great to be able to take your iMac to an AS and walk out with the same machine with the logic board upgraded? More RAM, new CPU and GPU and you're good for another couple of years.
    Same for the Macbook, the display is great so it would be great to replace only the internals and maybe the keyboard and the battery and you can have 10 years with the same machine with the latest and greatest internals.

    I understand this is harder for a phone since they change the design every now and then, so recycling is good. And a phone is something you drop and scratch more easily, so it make sense to replace it entirely every 2 or 3 years. But I'm afraid many phones just end up in a drawer and who knows when they'll be recycled. Apple should offer more for an old iPhone when you trade it in for a new one. They have huge margins on the model they're selling you and they had the same on the model you're trading in, offering some money would be a good incentive to give back an old phone instead of leaving it somewhere forever.
  16. Bacillus, Apr 20, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2018

    Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    Very good point.
    These efforts on recycling are nice but just symbolical on the scale of 100 millions of e-waste on a global scale.
    They need to instigate a worldwide e-waste recollection program, with say a $100 deposit fee for any collected iPhone. Anything less will not work.
    (oh yes, I fully realize that this goes too far for their environmental commitment, so have customers pay 50%)
  17. nickelt macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    where's that?
  18. Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    That’s a rhetorical denial all of the budgets, patents, and resources that went into R&D without finding a feasable altenative (yet). Indeed not just for Apple, but the industry as a whole.
  19. danny842003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    How much extra methane is created farming cow hide opposed to just putting it in to landfill after the animal has been slaughtered for meat?
  20. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    That's a good point. I would assume there is more demand for cow meat than leather, so it's likely as you say a by-product that would be created anyway. Still there's a lot of pollution in turning the hide into leather.
  21. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    I support recycling but really wish map makers would stop leaving New Zealand off the world maps. New Zealand is just east of Australia.
  22. SteveNoJobs macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    Thanks Apple for saving our enviroment, u make this world a better place by releasing new iphones/GlueBook Pros/GlueMac Pros every year ! :)
  23. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
    Pity his legacy wasn't allowing devices to be repaired so that they didn't need to be trashed in the first place.:(
  24. amegicfox macrumors 6502


    Apr 19, 2016
    yet they sell you un-upgradable glued, soldered Macs and phones and they don't allow to repair your own phone or buy replacements parts

    Apple has turned into a monster

    I can't believe some (not that bright) people cheering on this

Share This Page

23 April 19, 2018