MacBook Pro 13-inch

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MacBook Pro 13-inch
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one model MD102
Total:580 kg CO₂e
580,000 gCO₂e
 Production:435 kg CO₂e
435,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:23 kg CO₂e
23,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:116 kg CO₂e
116,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:6 kg CO₂e
6,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
circuit boardskeyboard/trackpad
other materialsglass
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The MacBook Pro 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 stated otherwise, the data on this page refers to one model MD102 of the device. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 580 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 Pro 13-inch includes aluminum (534 g), lithium-ion polymer battery (371 g), display (302 g), drives (221 g), circuit boards (178 g), keyboard/trackpad (146 g), unspecified other materials (185 g), and glass (104 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 PBB and PBDE that can be present in the product. GHG emission information specific to materials was not available. Material features include arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LED-backlit display, and PVC-free plastic (excluding power cords in India and South Korea).[1]


Laptop production is responsible for 435 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 368 grams (g) of paperboard and corrugate, 168 g of high-impact polystyrene, and 45 g of other plastics. The shipping box contributes an additional 410 grams of paperboard/corrugate and 248 grams of molded fiber. The corrugated cardboard used in the packaging contains a minimum of 25% post-consumer recycled content. [1]


Distribution of the laptop is responsible for 23 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The distribution statistics only include air and sea transport of the finished product and packaging from the manufacturer to continental distribution centers. Transport from the distribution centers to end consumers is not included. [1]


The company estimates that the device will be used for four years. Use of the devices is responsible for 116 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The GHG emission calculations are based on power consumed during the four years of use.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of the laptop is responsible for 6 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Product take-back and recycling programs are available in 95% of locations where the products are sold. Calculations of the impact of these programs includes transportation from collection hubs to recycling centers and the mechanical separation and shredding of components.[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 Pro 13-inch Environmental Report. Apple Inc, 11 Jun. 2012 Web. 21 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived