AirPort Time Capsule

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AirPort Time Capsule
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per 3 terabyte device
Total:310 kg CO₂e
310,000 gCO₂e
 Production:81 kg CO₂e
81,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:9 kg CO₂e
9,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:217 kg CO₂e
217,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:3 kg CO₂e
3,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
hard drivealuminum & steel
plasticscircuit boards
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The AirPort Time Capsule is a wireless router with residential gateway and built-in network attached storage functions. This article is an overview of the environmental impacts of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise stated, the data on this page refers to one 3TB device. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 310 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).[1]

The main 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]


Materials used to make the AirPort Time Capsule include a hard drive (532 g), aluminum & steel (447 g), plastics (320 g), circuit boards (157 g), and other materials (23 g). 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, it is included in the production data. Plastic in the device is PVC-free except for AC power cords in India and South Korea.[1]


Production of the devices is responsible for 81 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. This includes the extraction, production, and transport of materials used to build the device, and the manufacture, transport, and assembly of materials used for product packaging.[1]


The product retail packaging requires 222 grams of paper and 73 grams of plastic. The product shipping box is responsible for an additional 256 grams of paper corrugate.GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available, it is included in the production data.[1]


Distribution is responsible for 9 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. This includes transport from the manufacturer to continental distribution hubs. Transport from the distribution hubs to the consumer is not included.[1]


The company estimates that the devices will be used for 4 years. The environmental impact from this use is based on the electricity required to power the device for 24 hours a day of intensive use. Usage is responsible for 217 kg CO2e of GHG emissions.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of the devices is responsible for 3 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The impact is caused by transport of the device to recycling centers and mechanical separation of parts at the centers. Recycling is available in 95% of the locations 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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 AirPort Time Capsule 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