MacBook Air 13-inch

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MacBook Air 13-inch
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one model MJVG3
Total:480 kg CO₂e
480,000 gCO₂e
 Production:398 kg CO₂e
398,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:19 kg CO₂e
19,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:58 kg CO₂e
58,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:5 kg CO₂e
5,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
displaycircuit boards
keyboard/trackpadother metals
plasticssolid-state drive
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The MacBook Air 13-inch is a laptop designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. This article is an overview of the environmental impact of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise specified, the data on this page refers to one model MJVG3. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 480 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (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]


Materials used to make the MacBook Air 13-inch includes aluminum (545 g), lithium-ion polymer battery (305 g), display (195 g), circuit boards (115 g), keyboard/trackpad (105 g), other metals (40 g), PVC-free plastics (30 g), and solid-state drive (15 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. The PVC-free power cords are not available in India and South Korea.[1]


Device production is responsible for 398 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The production data includes the environmental impact of the extraction, production, and transportation of raw materials, in addition to the manufacture, transport, and assembly of all parts and laptop packaging.[1]


GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available. Retail packaging materials include 334 grams (g) of paperboard and corrugate, 202 g of high-impact polystyrene, and 30 g of other plastics. The shipping box contributes an additional 375 grams of paperboard/corrugate and 291 grams of molded fiber.[1]


Distribution of the laptop is responsible for 19 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. This data includes air and sea transport from the manufacturer to the distribution centers, however transport from the distribution centers to the consumer is not included.[1]


The company estimates that the device will be used for 4 years. Use is responsible for 58 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. These calculations are based on power required for four years of typical use.[1]

End of Life

Product disposal is responsible for 5 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. This includes transportation to recycling centers in addition to the energy required to mechanically separate and shred the parts. Product take-back and recycling programs are available in 95% of locations where the products are sold.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Laptop computers - comparison of the environmental impacts of laptop computers
  • MacBook - comparison of MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro laptops
  • 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 MacBook Air 13-inch Environmental Report. Apple Inc, 9 Mar. 2015 Web. 21 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived