iPad Pro (12.9 inch)

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iPad Pro
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per device (12.9 in,Wi-Fi + Cellular,256 GB)
Total:270 kg CO₂e
270,000 gCO₂e
 Production:232 kg CO₂e
232,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:8 kg CO₂e
8,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:27 kg CO₂e
27,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:3 kg CO₂e
3,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
circuit boardsplastics
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The iPad Pro (12.9 inch) is a tablet computer. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. It has greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon footprint) of 270 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for the 256 GB device with Wi-Fi and cellular. The device is designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, California, United States. Information on this page applies specifically to the 256 GB version of the iPad Pro with WiFi and cellular capability, unless otherwise stated. The developer estimates a service life of three years for this tablet, which gives it estimated annual GHG emissions of about 90 kg CO2e for the 256 GB device.[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 iPad Pro device is composed of a LED-backlit display (187g), lithium-ion polymer battery (172g), aluminum (132g), glass (110g), circuit boards (59g), plastic (33g), and other unspecified materials. The battery is free of lead, cadmium, and mercury. The display is mercury-free and is made with arsenic-free glass. The type of plastic used in the device is not stated, however it is specified to not contain PVC. Additionally, the manufacturer states that the devices comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. 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. Emission information specific to the production of materials used to produce the device are not provided. This emissions information is included in the production data.[1]


The production GHG emissions for this device include material extraction, production, and transportation, and the manufacture, transport, and assembly of components and packaging. Production GHG emissions are 232 kg CO2e for this device. This is 86% of life cycle emissions.[1]


The retail packaging for devices sold in the United States weighs 369 grams and is composed of paper corrugate and molded fiber (69%), polystyrene (28%), unspecified plastics (2%). The shipping container is responsible for an additional 464 grams of corrugate for each device. The packaging is composed of a minimum of 38% post-consumer recycled content. Emissions from product packaging are included in the production data.[1]


Distribution of an iPad Pro (12.9 inch) is responsible for 8 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 3% of the total life cycle emissions for the device. Apple has included, in these measurements, air and sea transport from the manufacturing site to regional distribution hubs and from the distribution hubs to the end consumer.[1]


Consumer usage has been estimated to be responsible for 27 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 10% of the total life cycle emissions for the device. This has been calculated from historic customer use data and a three-year period of use. Accessories, such as cases, screen protectors, or charger purchased by the user are not included in this emission information. Additionally, the sources of electricity in each region will effect the amount of GHG emissions from device use. [1]

End of Life

Recycling of devices produces 3 kg CO2e or 1% of lifecycle GHG emissions. This includes transportation from collection hubs to recycling centers and the energy used in the mechanical separation and shredding of parts. Recycling is available in 99% of the countries where the devices are sold.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Tablet computer - comparison of tablet computer environmental impacts
  • 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 12.9-inchPad Pro Environmental Report. Apple Inc., 9 Sep. 2015. Web. 29 Dec. 2016. Archived.
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. http://www.apple.com/environment/answers/.. Archived