Apple defends green credentials, promises to do better
May 4, 2007
Upon investigating Apple's current practices and progress towards these goals, I was surprised to learn that in many cases Apple is ahead of, or will soon be ahead of, most of its competitors in these areas." he wrote in a manifesto titled "A Greener Apple."
Jobs said criticism from environmental groups stems from the company's lack of communication with the public.
Jobs laid out the company's plans for removing toxic chemicals and recycling of so-called e-waste. He said that the Apple now recycles nearly 10 percent of its e-waste (defined a weight recycled as a percentage of past sales), up from 1.5 percent in 2002, and hopes to reach 28 percent by 2010. Jobs noted that Apples current e-cycling rate is comparable to figures cited from HP and Dell. He said that unlike other technology manufactures, all e-waste collected by Apple in North America is processed in the U.S., and nothing is shipped overseas for disposal.
NAND PCs may have environmental benefits over standard hard disk PCs. A leading technology research group says flash, or solid state memory drives may soon replace the standard hard drives in laptops. Over the past few years, flash memory technology has been claiming an increasingly sizeable share of the market, particularly in the form of USB drives. According to the Gartner Group, the NAND flash market has grown from 1.56 billion in 2000 to 11.42 billion in 2005, with even higher projections for the next two years. This summer, Samsung set a new bar by releasing computers that utilize flash memory storage, negating the need for traditional magnetic disk media. The implications of a shift for laptops are significant for a number of reasons including changing performance demand, market trends and investment opportunities. Unconsidered at this point, but nonetheless compelling, is the possible environmental impact of such a transition.
Consumers want environmentally friendly computers. A study conducted earlier this year by Ipsos-MORI on behalf of Greenpeace found that consumers say they would be willing to pay more for an environmentally friendly computer. The amounts ranged from $59 in Germany, $118 in UK, $199 in China and $229 in Mexico.
e-Waste spot from UNEP. In March 2006, the International Advertising Association (IAA) organised for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) a global competition between advertising students to develop a campaign on electronic waste (also called e-waste). Further to UNEP advertising brief, Emerson College Global Marketing students produced a TV spot which won the competition. UNEP then asked Emerson College to produce a quite similar TV spot including some additions for TV broadcast, upload on UNEP website and presentation at conferences worldwide.
This article is based on a news release from Stanford University .