Apple is transforming the way its products are manufactured by reinventing the process through which aluminum is made. Aluminum is a key component of Apple products. You can see it in everything from MacBooks to iMacs and iPhones. Altering the process of how this material is made to be more environmentally friendly will have a huge impact on manufacturing all over the world.
Conventional methods release carbon during the aluminum smelting process. A team of Apple engineers have created a new way of smelting, where oxygen instead is released. Working in close collaboration with two large aluminum companies, Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminum and the support of the United States and Canadian governments, the Apple team was successful in creating this new manufacturing method. The repercussions around the globe will be significant, as this removes a long-standing manufacturing process that released greenhouse gases.
We are very excited by this as well as Apple's overall commitment to the environment. Last month, Apple announced that its facilities and offices are all powered 100 percent by renewable energy.