Environmental Report Reveals Mac Pro’s Impressive Sustainability Credentials

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Having previously been labeled the “least green” tech company by Greenpeace due to its reliance on coal at data centers, Apple is keen to live up to its “force for good” mantra by demonstrating the environmental credentials of its products.

And when you’re speaking about the Mac Pro, those credentials are pretty damn impressive.

A recent environmental report released by Apple features the following impressive tidbits concerning the new Mac Pro.

  • That it consumes 68 percent less power in idle mode than the previous generation Mac Pro.
  • That it outperforms the strict requirements of the ENERGY STAR Program for Computers Version 6.0 — utilizing less than half the allowable energy limit.
  • That its packaging consists of 82 percent less volume and weighs 84 percent less than the previous generation Mac Pro: allowing 3x more units to fit in an airline shipping container.
  • That it is extremely material efficient — consuming 74 percent less aluminum and steel compared with the previous-generation model.

Much of this should come as no surprise, given that the new Mac Pro is 1/8th the size of its predecessor.

However it is worth noting that this is far from the only step Apple has taken in a green direction in recent times. The company made the conscious decision for its new $5.5 billion Apple 2 campus to have 70 percent of its power provided on-site by photovoltaics and fuel cells, with the remaining power covered by sustainable “green sources” in California. Apple has also teamed up with Nevada’s largest power utility company to build a solar farm, while its data center in Maiden, North Carolina is now powered by 100 percent renewable sources.

So we can feel good about owning our new Mac Pro units.

Now if we could only get our hands on one

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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