AirPort Express

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AirPort Express
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one device
Total:95 kg CO₂e
95,000 gCO₂e
 Production:31 kg CO₂e
31,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:4 kg CO₂e
4,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:57 kg CO₂e
57,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:3 kg CO₂e
3,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
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Source: Apple Inc.[1]

The AirPort Express is a wireless base station product with wireless access point, range extender, and printer and audio server capabilities. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, data on this page refers to one Airport Express device. It has life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 95 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).[1]

The principal source of information for this article is an environmental report published by Apple Inc.[1] Third-party verification of carbon emissions associated with company operations was obtained by Apple from Bureau Veritas, and calculations of downstream emissions related to the product were checked for quality and accuracy by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.[2]


The device is composed of PVC-free plastics (102 g), aluminum (62 g), circuit boards (43 g), steel (32 g), and other materials (1 g). GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. The manufacturer states that the devices comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). This directive limits the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame retardants PBB and PBDE that can be present in the product. Power cords for the device are not PVC-free in India and South Korea.[1]


Production of an AirPort Express is responsible for 31 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 33% of total life cycle emissions. This includes the extraction, production, and transport of raw materials for the device and product packaging.[1]


GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available. The retail packaging is made of 71 grams of paper and 4 grams of plastic. The shipping box contributes to an additional 130 grams of paper use.[1]


Distribution of the product is responsible for 4 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 4% of total life cycle emissions. Apple has included, in these measurements, air and sea transport from the manufacturing site to regional distribution hubs. Transport to the end consumer is not included.[1]


Use of the device is responsible for 57 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 60% of total life cycle emissions. Usage emissions calculations are based on 4 years of constant use.[1]

End of Life

The service life of the device is estimated to be four years. Disposal is responsible for 3 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 3% of total life cycle emissions. Recycling programs are available in 95% of regions where the products are sold.[1]

Other products

The table below lists products in the wireless router category with the lowest total GHG emissions.

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
AirPort Express 95
AirPort Extreme 250
AirPort Time Capsule (3TB) 310

See also

  • Wireless routers - comparison of the environmental impacts of wireless routers
  • AirPort - comparison of GHG emissions from AirPort products by Apple Inc.
  • Apple Inc - comparison of GHG emissions from Apple Inc. products
  • AirPort Extreme – overview of AirPort Extreme environmental impact


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 AirPort Express Environmental Report. Apple Inc, 11 Jun. 2012. Web. 18 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived