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    Apple recently released an environmental impact report regarding the company’s latest Mac Pro, noting that the desktop uses 74% less aluminum than its predecessor, while keeping greenhouse gas emissions low. The document, which was published to Apple’s Environmental Reports webpage, breaks down the percentage of material used to build and package the Mac Pro, as well as the amount of energy consumed by shipping and predicted consumer use over the computer’s life time.

    According to the Cupertino California Company, the Mac Pro was designed to help minimize the machine’s footprint and therefore materials used. Apple pointed out that aluminum and copper, two of the most-used metals in the Mac Pro’s build, are highly desired by recyclers. Compared to the old tower, the new Mac Pro can fit three times as many retail packages into an airline container.

    As far as energy efficiency, the Mac Pro incorporates intelligent components that are able to power down during periods of inactivity, thereby cutting down on estimated greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting ENERGY STAR requirements, the new professional desktop consumes 68% less power while idling than the previous Mac Pro. Total greenhouse gas emissions were pegged at 940 kilograms carbon dioxide equivalent, 65% of which came from production, 33% from consumer use and 1% each for shipping and recycling.

    Last but not least, as with most Apple devices, the new Mac Pro complies with various governmental best-practice guidelines such as the RoHS Directive, which restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE. Apple goes one step further by incorporating designs that are BFR-free, including PVE-free internal cables and offering PVE-free power cords in all regions except India and South Korea.

    Source: Apple (Environmental Reports)

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    2014-01-03 12:39 PM