Apple TV (3rd generation)

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Apple TV
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per 3rd generation device
Total:60 kg CO₂e
60,000 gCO₂e
 Production:34 kg CO₂e
34,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:5 kg CO₂e
5,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:19 kg CO₂e
19,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:2 kg CO₂e
2,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
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Source: Apple Inc[1]

The Apple TV (3rd generation) is a digital media player developed and sold by Apple Inc. The product has life cycle GHG emissions or global warming potential of 60 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Apple estimates a service life of four years, which gives it an estimated annual carbon footprint of about 15 kg 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]


Carbon emissions from materials is included in the production statisitics. The device is composed of plastic (109 g), aluminum (90 g), circuit boards (44 g), steel (14 g), and other materials (13 g). The manufacturer states that the device complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). This directive limits the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and brominated flame retardants that can be present in the product. Materials are claimed to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFR) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The terms BFR-free and PVC-free are defined by Apple as less than 900 parts per million (ppm) or 0.09% bromine and chlorine.[1]


Production of the Apple TV (3rd generation) is responsible for emitting 34 kg CO2e or 57% of life cycle GHG emissions. Production carbon footprint statistics includes raw material extraction, production, and transport, in addition to the manufacturing of the product and packaging.[1]


The product packaging is composed of a retail box which is transported to the retailer in a corrugated shipping box. The retail box is composed of 3 grams of plastic and 98 grams of paperboard and corrugate. The shipping box is responsible for the use of 66 grams of paperboard and corrugate for each device. The corrugated cardboard includes 33 percent post-consumer content. The carbon footprint of the packaging is included in the production carbon footprint.[1]


Transport of the device produces 5 kg CO2e or 8% of life cycle GHG emissions. Distribution carbon footprint statistics include air and sea transport from the manufacturing location to distribution hubs. It does not include transport to the end consumer from the distribution hubs.[1]


Product use by the consumer is estimated to emit 19 kg CO2e or 32% of life cycle GHG emissions. The device consumes 1.94 to 1.99 watts streaming high-definition movies, 1.91 to 2.02 watts streaming iTunes music, and 0.20 to 0.21 watts in sleep mode. User energy consumption and carbon emissions assumes four-years of use on a Wi-Fi connection. Consumer use patterns are modeled on standards for set-top boxes from the Energy Star program.[1]

End of Life

Recycling of the 3rd generation device is responsible for 3% of life cycle GHG emissions or 2 kg CO2e. The end-of-life carbon footprint is for the recycling of the product. It includes transportation from collection hubs to recycling centers and the mechanical separation and shredding of parts.[1]

Other products

The table below lists products in the digital media player category with the lowest total GHG emissions.

Carbon footprints of similar products
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Apple TV (3rd generation) 60
Apple TV (4th generation) 90

See also

  • Digital media players - comparison of the environmental impacts of digital media players
  • Apple Inc - comparison of GHG emissions from Apple Inc. products
  • Apple TV – comparison of Apple TV devices


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Apple TV Environmental Report. Apple Inc., 7 Mar. 2012. Web. 6 Nov. 2016. Archive.
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived