Jul 27, 2020

Apple’s MacBook Pro gets green revision

Apple
Sustainability
smelting
Dan Weatherley
2 min
MacBook Pro
The Cupertino-based tech giant has revised its 16-inch Macbook Pro laptop with a new smelting process...

The Cupertino-based tech giant has revised its 16-inch MacBook Pro laptop with a new smelting process.

A press release released by Apple, it has been revealed that a new carbon-free aluminum smelting process will be used during the manufacturing stage of the company’s 16-inch MacBook Pro range in an effort to tackle emissions.

The move has been revealed as part of the company’s recently announced commitment to become entirely carbon neutral in both its supply chain and entire product range by the start of the next decade.

Apple has described the manufacturing alteration as the “first-ever direct carbon-free aluminum smelting process.”

The press release suggests the change has not yet reached the production line which may mean the company could be holding off until the annual refresh of the laptops. It has been reported that this could be delayed until 2021 due to mini-LED production issues. 

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, commented on the manufacturing change saying: “Businesses have a profound opportunity to help build a more sustainable future, one born of our common concern for the planet we share”.

Cook then went on to say: “The innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet — they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world. Climate action can be the foundation for a new era of innovative potential, job creation, and durable economic growth.

“With our commitment to carbon neutrality, we hope to be a ripple in the pond that creates a much larger change.”

Apple is also doing much more to help decarbonise its operations. The press release also reiterated the company’s commitment to innovating and investing in product recycling and making its entire range of products, from mice to Mac’s, as energy efficient as possible.

In 2019, the company’s range of iPhone’s, iPad’s, Mac’s and Apple Watch’s were all made with the use of recycled materials, enabling it to reduce its annual carbon footprint by 4.3 million metric tons.

In addition to all of this, Apple aims to help reduce the world’s large-scale ‘e-waste’ issue by manufacturing better quality cables made of fabric. Despite this, it has also been rumoured that the company could completely eliminate the inclusion of its EarPods headphones and in-box charger for the iPhone 12, which will help cut waste and enables users to reuse old accessories rather than throwing them away.

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May 14, 2021

Mirico Cloud identifies emission changes

Emissions
Decarbonisation
Climatechange
Dominic Ellis
4 min
The platform allows customers to quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites - and comes amid more scrutiny over Paris-aligned targets

Mirico is extending its gas measurement services with the launch of Mirico Cloud for the oil and gas industry.

The platform lets customers detect and quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites, and quickly fix issues causing changes in emissions. Customers can be contacted by SMS or email for alerts if a new emission is above a certain size, or about an existing known emission that has started to grow.

Customisable dashboards can show average emissions over the last 24 hours or how emissions vary by asset type.

"It's great to be able to broaden the service we provide our customers," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Mirico. "We really feel this is a big step forward in helping the oil & gas industry to quickly identify emission issues at scale and ultimately help them in their goals to reach net zero."

The industry remains under intense pressure to deliver on emission targets. Achieving 50% lower emissions by 2030 will require either full electrification of the West of Shetland and Central North Sea or earlier-than-expected field cessations, according to Wood Mackenzie.

In 2018 the UK produced 451 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions. Around 3% of this total is direct emissions from oil and gas activity on the UK Continental Shelf. Energy generation, mainly from fossil fuels,  produced 23% of emissions, and the transport industry accounted for a further 28%, mostly from the use of oil-based products.

The North Sea Transition deal has four key pillars:

  • Supply decarbonisation reduce emissions from oil and gas production by 50% by 2030
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) target 10 Mtpa of carbon capture by 2030
  • Hydrogen deliver 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen capacity by 2030
  • Supply chain/people deliver investment of £14-16 billion into low-carbon technology by 2030

Methane in the spotlight, a busy 48 hours for bp and JPMorgan releases carbon reduction targets

Institutional investors with a collective $5.35 trillion in assets are calling on the Biden administration to get tougher about methane emissions as it seeks to address climate change. "Any credible pathway for the use of natural gas in a Paris-aligned future must address methane emissions," it states.

Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep warming beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to the UN Environment Programme. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal, to limit global temperature rises to 1.5˚C, within reach.

bp and CEMEX will work together on accelerating the ‎progress of the latter's 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. Around 70% of global emissions come from transport, ‎industry and energy and cement making is energy intensive. Last week bp and renewable energy supplier Pure Planet forged a partnership to launch a new digital energy service that will support households, EV drivers and energy consumers in the UK.

Hot on the heels of the CEMEX announcement, bp shareholders rejected a plan that would have forced the company to strengthen its climate commitments in an AGM poll, with only 20.65% pledging support. "We will continue to engage with shareholders on our strategy, targets and aims so as to ensure their views are fully understood," it stated. One of the challenges is that there is no single metric that measures Paris consistency, according to chief executive Bernard Looney.

JPMorgan Chase yesterday released comprehensive steps it is taking in its efforts to align its financing activities with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, publishing 2030 carbon intensity targets for the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Auto Manufacturing sectors. It also released its new Carbon Compass methodology that describes how the firm set its targets and how it will monitor progress over time, and unveiled a Center for Carbon Transition

“There must be collective ambition and cooperation by business and government to tackle climate change,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "Setting our Paris-aligned targets is an important step toward accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. JPMorgan Chase is committed to doing its part by working with clients around the world to reduce emissions and by ensuring our own operations remain carbon neutral."

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