Apple has announced that the world’s first commercial-purity low-carbon aluminum from ELYSIS will be used to produce the new iPhone SE (2022). As part of its commitment to the environment and its goal to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030, the tech giant is buying direct carbon-free aluminum for ELYSIS, the company behind the major advancement in smelting technology to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
ELYSIS achieved the world’s first direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process and produced the world’s first commercial-purity primary aluminum at an industrial scale which will be used in Apple products.
The breakthrough technology produces oxygen instead of greenhouse gases, and the achievement marks a major milestone in the production of aluminum, one of the world’s most widely used metals. Apple will purchase this first batch of commercial-purity, low-carbon aluminum from ELYSIS for intended use in the iPhone SE. This aluminum was produced by ELYSIS at its Industrial Research and Development Centre in Quebec using hydropower.
Apple’s $4.7B in Green Bonds led to the production of the world’s first commercial-purity low-carbon aluminum to reduce its carbon footprint
According to the announcement, the tech giant invest $4.7 billion in Green Bonds that financed the development of the new low-carbon manufacturing and recycling technologies which will now be used in the manufacturing of its products, starting from iPhone SE. Since 2016, the tech giant has issued three Green Bonds on projects to reduce carbon emission and offer clean power to communities, worldwide.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives said:
“Apple is committed to leaving the planet better than we found it, and our Green Bonds are a key tool to drive our environmental efforts forward. Our investments are advancing the breakthrough technologies needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the materials we use, even as we move to using only recyclable and renewable materials across our products to conserve the earth’s finite resources.”
In October 2021, the tech giant launched 10 new projects for its Power for Impact initiative to provide clean renewable energy solutions to under-resourced communities around the world for their economic and social growth.
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