Apple has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030 forcing it to make major changes to its supplier base.
According to the tech giant, which released its 2020 Environmental Progress Report today, it will no longer sign a contract with any suppliers who have not committed to being 100 per cent renewable within 10 years.
This means that by 2030, all Apple devices will have “zero climate impact” at point of sale.
While revealing its achievements in reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 million metric tonnes during 2019, Apple has also revealed various initiatives which it hopes will help it meet it goal in a decade’s time.
These include the introduction of two robots called Daisy and Dave which will automatically disassemble and recycle components from old Apple products.
Daisy will remove “the engine” from phones, laptops, tablets and smartwatches, while Dave will disassemble the units and “remove rare-earth elements and the tungsten so that they can be reprocessed and put back into supply chains”.
It is understood that the units being recycled provide the vibrations, or haptic feedback, inside Apple products.
Other initiatives include a new solar-panel project in Scandinavia to power its data centres, the development of a new carbon-free aluminium smelting process, and an investment in various environmental projects around the world.
“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,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said.
“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.”