Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Jo Borrás0
Apple Goes Green With Its New Mac Pro Desktop
Apple’s redesigned flagship offering, the Mac Pro, should be reaching its first batch of pro-level customers and power users as you read this. Along with a radical external redesign (that doesn’t at all resemble a trash bin, I swear), Apple took steps to avoid the EPEAT issues it faced with its original Retina Display MacBook Pros back in 2012. To that end, the new Mac Pro uses 74% less aluminum than the one it replaces, as well as 84% less packaging by weight — a move which also reduces the energy required to store and ship the new desktop machine.
In addition to material savings, the new Mac Pro outperforms the stringent requirements of the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers Version 6.0, utilizing less than half the allowable energy limit allowed despite out-performing a number of Apple’s competitors in the segment. Even with such low power demands, Apple insists that some 2/3 of the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of a computer like the Mac Pro come from its production and shipping, not use.
Speaking of shipping, the latest Mac Pro will significantly cut down on shipping costs and their associated greenhouse emissions compared to the old model — and not just because it’s smaller. Apple’s new Big Mac is made in the USA, so there’s no need to ship it back from China or Taiwan, where most similar products are made.
You can check out Apple’s full Mac Pro environmental report, embedded as a .PDF, below. Check it out, then let us know what you think of the new Mac in the comments … and, before you ask: no, they’re not making one in green.