iPad mini 2

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iPad mini 2
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per 32GB device (WiFi + Cellular)
Total:120 kg CO₂e
120,000 gCO₂e
 Production:96 kg CO₂e
96,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:6 kg CO₂e
6,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:17 kg CO₂e
17,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:1 kg CO₂e
1,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
circuit boardsother metals
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The iPad mini 2 is a tablet computer. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, data on this page refers to 32GB device with Wi-Fi and cellular. The iPad mini 2 has life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 120 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). The annual global warming potential, assuming three years of use, is 40 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]


The iPad mini 2 is composed of a battery (111 g), aluminum (70 g), display (62 g), glass (41 g), circuit boards (24 g), other metals (17 g), and plastics (14 g). GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. The manufacturer states that the devices comply 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.[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 of a device is responsible for 96 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 80% of total life cycle emissions.[1]


Retail packaging for the device is composed of paper corrugate and molded fiber, high-impact polystyrene, and other plastics. The retail packaging weighs 177 grams and the paper corrugate shipping container weighs 201 grams. The corrugated cardboard used in the packaging contains a minimum of 38% post consumer recycled content. GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available.[1]


Distribution of the product is responsible for 6 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 5% of total life cycle emissions. 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]


Use of the device is responsible for 17 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 14% of total life cycle emissions. 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 impact the amount of GHG emissions from device use.[1]

End of Life

The service life of the device is estimated to be three years. Disposal of the device is responsible for 1 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 1% of total life cycle 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 iPad mini 2. Apple Inc., 22 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 Jan. 2017. Archived.
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. http://www.apple.com/environment/answers/.. Archived