Apple TV (4th generation)

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Apple TV (4th generation)
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per 64 GB device and remote
Total:90 kg CO₂e
90,000 gCO₂e
 Production:66 kg CO₂e
66,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:2 kg CO₂e
2,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:21 kg CO₂e
21,000 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 (4th generation) is a digital media player and microconsole developed and sold by Apple Inc. The product has life cycle GHG emissions or global warming potential of 90 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Unless otherwise stated the information on this page is based on the 64 GB device with Siri remote. Apple estimates a service life of four years, which gives it an estimated annual carbon footprint of about 23 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 statistics. The device is composed of aluminum (257 g), plastic (102 g), circuit boards (85 g), steel (6 g), and other materials (22 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 the brominated flame retardants PBB and PBDE that can be present in the product. Materials are claimed to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and beryllium. 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. Beryllium free is defined as less than 1000 ppm of beryllium. The cover glass on the remote is stated to be free of arsenic. Devices sold for use in India and Thailand have AC power cords that are not PVC-free.[1]


Production of the Apple TV (4th generation) is responsible for emitting 66 kg CO2e or 73% of life cycle GHG emissions. Production carbon footprint statistics include 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 6 grams of plastic and 216 grams of paperboard and corrugate. The shipping box is responsible for the use of 261 grams of paperboard and corrugate for each device. The corrugated cardboard includes 50 percent post-consumer content. The carbon footprint of the packaging is included in the production carbon footprint.[1]


Transport of the device produces 2 kg CO2e or 2% of life cycle GHG emissions. Distribution carbon footprint statistics include air and sea transport from the manufacturing location to distribution hubs and transport to the end consumer from the distribution hubs.[1]


Product use by the consumer is estimated to emit 21 kg CO2e or 23% of life cycle GHG emissions. The device consumes 2.18 to 2.32 watts streaming a high-definition movie, 2.03 to 2.15 watts streaming iTunes music, and 0.32 to 0.36 watts in sleep mode and network standby. 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 4th generation device is responsible for 2% of life cycle GHG emissions or about 2 kg CO2e. The end-of-life carbon footprint is for product recycling. It includes transportation from collection hubs to recycling centers and the mechanical separation and shredding of parts. Recycling is available in 99 percent of the regions where the products are sold.[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., 9 Sep. 2015. Web. 6 Nov. 2016.
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived