AirPort Extreme

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AirPort Extreme
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per device
Total:250 kg CO₂e
250,000 gCO₂e
 Production:50 kg CO₂e
50,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:7 kg CO₂e
7,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:190 kg CO₂e
190,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:2 kg CO₂e
2,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
circuit boardsaluminum
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The AirPort Extreme is a residential gateway product with router, network switch, wireless access point, and network attached storage functions. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, the data on this page refers to one device. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 250 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 Inc. 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]


Materials used to make the AirPort Extreme includes steel (350g), plastics (318g), circuit boards (157g), aluminum (97g), and other (23g). The manufacturer states that the device demonstrates compliance 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. GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. Power cords for the device are not PVC-free in India and South Korea.[1]


Device production is responsible for 50 kg CO2e of GHG 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. It is included in the production information. The retail packaging is made of 222 grams of paper and 73 grams of plastics. The shipping box is responsible for an additional 256 grams of paper.[1]


Distribution of the devices is responsible for 7 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Included in these measurements, is air and sea transport from the manufacturing site to regional distribution hubs. Transport to the end consumer is not included.[1]


The company estimates that the devices will be used for 4 years. Power consumption by the device is responsible for 190 kg CO2e of GHG emissions.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of one device is responsible for 2 kg CO2e of GHG 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 Express – overview of AirPort Express environmental impacts


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 AirPort Extreme Environmental Report. Apple Inc, 10 Jun. 2013 Web. 20 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived