Apple Continues Its Green Bonds Initiative, Plans to Use Carbon Free Aluminum in iPhone SE

The decisions made by corporations can play a big role in the fight against environmental damage and climate change because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up implementing change on a much larger scale than might have otherwise been possible. Apple has often tried to take this responsibility seriously, and while some might criticize these efforts as little more than PR moves, they can still have a sizable impact on corporate carbon footprints.

Apple has recently announced that it will be partnering with Canadian company Elysis to start using aluminum that is smelted in a completely carbon free process for the iPhone SE. This is the first carbon free aluminum that has ever been invented, and Elysis is one of the few companies that can make commercial grade aluminum through this process. The CEO of Elysis, Vincent Christ, recently said that this marked a breakthrough since creating aluminum with levels of purity required for commercial use that was created without any kinds of greenhouse gas emissions at all.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Apple has actually taken quite a few big steps in reducing their carbon footprint from aluminum use since 2015. The tech juggernaut has managed to decrease aluminum based carbon emissions by around 70% in the past six or seven years, and it has done so by ensuring that all of its products use recycled aluminum.

This collaboration with Elysis to start using carbon free aluminum in their future iPhone SE models will be a further step in the right direction. It is just one of the fifty or so projects that Apple is initiating through its $4.7 billion dollar investment into Green Bonds which are meant to incentive the adoption of ecofriendly manufacturing techniques and improved recycling processes, and Apple is aiming to offset nearly 2.9 million metric tons of CO2 that might have otherwise gone unaddressed. The project is also trying to create an additional 700 megawatts of renewable energy in various parts of the world.

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