Although Steve Jobs — the technologically savvy creator of the popular Apple iPhone and iPad — passed on last week, his impact on green technology lives on, and this is likely to create more green jobs.
For years, Apple has focused on energy efficiency. In 2007, it issued an environmental scorecard on new products during Jobs’ keynote speeches. In addition, he required researchers to study the product-development life cycle of Apple products to know where Apple’s activities were most detrimental to the environment.
Apple a couple of years ago completed a data-mining project that involved many years to gain a complete understanding of its environmental impact in the world. Although the project acknowledged that competitors Hewlett-Packard and Dell cut emissions at their facilities, these emissions make up just 3 percent of an environmental impact at Apple, while 53 percent of the environmental impact stems from Apple’s actual products.
“Making products cleaner involves real engineering,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s then-chief operating officer and now chief executive officer following Jobs’ resignation in August.
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At Apple, suppliers must show proof their products not include chlorine or bromine – a costly focus that started in 2007 and required chemists to help suppliers develop alternatives. For instance, Apple has made an effort to use a special blend of polyester for the innards of its devices rather than PVC.
In addition, Apple recycled about 33 million tons of products in 2008. This year, the new MacBook Air’s packaging uses corrugated cardboard made from more than 30 percent recycled content. The company ranks ninth in the latest tally done by Greenpeace, an independent global campaigning organization.
Jobs’ efforts to make Apple’s products and processes more environmentally friendly have the potential to generate more green jobs in the areas of manufacturing and technology not only for Apple but also for many other technology companies. Green jobs help improve both the economy and the environment.
“It’s about innovating, and it’s hard work,” Cook said of making technology products green.
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