MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display

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MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per one 2.2GHz, 256GB
Total:592 kg CO₂e
592,000 gCO₂e
 Production:468 kg CO₂e
468,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:18 kg CO₂e
18,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:101 kg CO₂e
101,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:6 kg CO₂e
6,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
circuit boardsdisplay
other metalsplastics
solid-state drive
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display is a laptop designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. This article is an overview of the environmental impacts of the device throughout its life cycle. Unless otherwise stated, the data on this page refers to one device with 2.2GHz processor 256GB storage. It has total life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 592 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 15-inch with Retina display includes aluminum (740 g), lithium-ion polymer battery (450 g), circuit boards (210 g), display (184 g), keyboard/trackpad (144 g), glass (124 g), other metals (120 g), plastics (58 g), and solid-state drive (10 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. The power adapter is not included in material reporting. Material features include arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LED-backlit display, and PVC-free plastic in most locations. Power cords for models sold in India and South Korea are not PVC-free.[1]


Production of each laptop is responsible for 468 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 385 grams (g) of paperboard and corrugate, 241 g of high-impact polystyrene, and 21 g of other plastics. The shipping box contributes an additional 404 grams of paperboard/corrugate and 296 grams of molded fiber. The corrugated cardboard used in the packaging contains a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content.[1]


Distribution is responsible for 18 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The distribution statistics include air and sea transport of the finished product and packaging from the manufacturer to regional distribution centers and transport to end consumers from those distribution centers.[1]


The company estimates that the devices will be used for 4 years. This is responsible for 101 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. The GHG emission calculations are based on power consumed during four years of use by the first owner of the laptop. This is based on historical customer use data and regional power generation methods.[1]

End of Life

Disposal of the devices is responsible for 6 kg CO2e of GHG emissions. Product take-back and recycling programs are available in 99% 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 15-inch with Retina display Environmental Report. Apple Inc, 19 May 2015 Web. 21 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived