Apple buys its first large batch of carbon-free aluminum for iPhone SE

Apple said on Thursday it would buy its first industrial-sized bundle of carbon-free aluminum tio-use in its low-cost iPhone SE, as it stepped up efforts to reduce carbon footprint of the metal it uses extensively in product casings.

Details about the size or cost of the purchase were not disclosed.

The iPhone manufacturer has taken steps to reduce its use of the carbon-intensive metal that releases direct greenhouse gases from the smelting process and has increased consumer, activist and investor discord due to its environmental impact.

Only in 2019 did Apple buy a smaller group of laboratory-manufactured metals from Elysis, a Montreal-based joint venture between two of the world’s largest aluminum suppliers – Alcoa and Rio Tinto. It used the metal in its 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Elysis originally planned to commercialize its technology, which uses a ceramic anode to make aluminum and emits only oxygen, by 2024.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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