Apple iPhone SE 3 5G will be built from the world’s first commercially pure low-carbon aluminum. Teported to Apple Insider, Apple plans to use low-carbon and carbon-free aluminum produced by an innovative smelting process created by its $4.7 billion Green Bond investment to make iPhone SE 3 phones.
Since Apple Green Bond program launched in 2019, the company has so far invested $4.7 billion in research projects. Now, that work has yielded new smelting technology that Apple says will produce aluminum with no direct carbon emissions.
“Apple is committed to making the planet a better place than we found it, and our Green Bonds are a key tool in moving environmental efforts forward” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, policy, and social initiatives said in a statement Say.
She continued: “Our investments are advancing the breakthrough technologies needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the materials we use, and even use only recyclable and renewable materials in our products to protect the planet’s limited resources.”
Apple is buying aluminum from Elysis, which it describes as “the world’s first direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process technology support.” In what it describes as “the first commercial-purity primary aluminum [industrial-scale manufacturing].” the process produces oxygen rather than greenhouse gases.
Research into the process was aided by Apple’s original investment partnership with Alcoa, Rio Tinto, and the governments of Canada and Quebec in 2018. This work was used in the production of the MacBook Pro 16-inch.
As an extension of this original work, Elysis produced new aluminum using hydropower at its industrial R&D center in Quebec.
“This is the first time aluminum has been produced in this commercial purity, without any greenhouse gas emissions, and on an industrial scale” said Vincent Christ, Elysis’ chief executive. “The sale to Apple confirms the market’s interest in aluminum produced using our groundbreaking ELYSIS carbon-free smelting technology.”
“Today’s announcement proves that Elysis, the Alcoa and Rio Tinto joint venture, can turn an idea into reality.” he continued. “We’re excited to be working alongside Apple, an advance that has the potential to change the way aluminum is produced.”
Apple said the new process builds on the progress the company has made in reducing the carbon impact of product manufacturing.
And its Green Bond—“one of the largest in the private sector”—is continuing to be used to develop renewable energy. This includes Apple’s data center in Vyborg, Denmark, which is powered by “the world’s largest onshore wind turbine.“