Apple’s latest investment in green technology ends up with the company Elysis, the world’s first aluminum manufacturer to replace coal in the smelting process with hydropower. This type of technology produces oxygen instead of greenhouse gases. Apple will now use aluminum from Elysis for the production of the Iphone SE.
The aluminum was produced by Elysis at its research and development center in Quebec. It is the first to be manufactured on an industrial scale without creating any direct carbon dioxide emissions during the smelting process. Apple contributed to the manufacturing process through an investment partnership with Alcoa, Rio Tinto and the governments of Canada and Quebec as early as 2018. The following year, Apple purchased the first commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum ever, for the production of the 16-inch Macbook Pro.
In total, Apple has earmarked $ 4.7 billion to become carbon neutral throughout the supply chain by 2030. By replacing partly recycled aluminum and partly molten aluminum with hydropower, instead of fossil fuels, the company’s carbon dioxide emissions, associated with aluminum, have decreased by almost 70 percent since 2015.
Apple has previously invested in the world’s largest onshore wind turbine, which operates the company’s data center in Viborg, Denmark, where the surplus energy goes back to the Danish electricity grid.