Apple Releases 2021 Environmental Progress Report

Apple 2021 environmental progress report

Apple has published the latest version of its annual environmental progress report. There is an easy-to-navigate webpage here, and the longer 105-page PDF here.

2021 Report Highlights

  • Apple’s Impact Accelerator helps Black- and Brown-owned businesses to address their environmental challenges
  • 100+ Apple suppliers are committed to 100% renewable energy
  • EPA awarded Apple the Safer Choice Partner of the Year
  • All Apple facilities use 100% renewable energy
  • Tungsten used in iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6 is 99% recycled
  • Apple has been carbon neutral for corporate software operations since April 2020
  • 40% of all material in MacBook Air with Retina display comes from recycled sources
  • The Restore Fund aims to invest up to US$200 million in natural climate solutions


Apple continues with its goal of having its entire operation be carbon neutral by 2030. The report shared other goals across its company:

  • Eliminate plastics in packaging by 2025
  • Eliminate waste sent to landfill from Apple corporate facilities and suppliers
  • Drive comprehensive reporting of chemicals used in our supply chain to make Apple products
  • Integrate Smarter Chemistry innovation into the way Apple designs and builds products
  • Avoid exposure to chemicals that could be harmful to human health or the environment

It’s an interesting report, especially the Resources section that talks about materials used in Apple products.

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