Apple today released a new environmental impact report on its Apple and the Environment webpagedetailing improvements in the newly launched Mac Pro’s environmental performance. In the report, Apple notes the new Mac Pro meets ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 standards and gets a Gold rating from EPEAT, but it also provides estimates for the Mac Pro’s lifetime greenhouse gas emissions (around 940 kg CO2e), power consumption, and material efficiency.
In a section outlining the power efficiency of the new Mac Pro with the chart above, Apple claims the new machine “consumes 68 percent less power in idle mode than the previous-generation Mac Pro.”
It also notes the new Mac Pro uses 74 percent less aluminum with packaging “consuming 82 percent less volume than the previous-generation” and weighing 84 percent less. Apple says that it allows it to fit nearly three times as many Mac Pros in a standard airline shipping container.
Apple’s ultracompact product and packaging designs lead the industry in material efficiency. Reducing the material footprint of a product helps maximize shipping efficiency. It also helps reduce energy consumed during production as well as material waste generated at the end of the product’s life. The enclosure and thermal core of Mac Pro is made of aluminum and copper, materials that are highly desired by recyclers.