Mac mini

From WikiFootprints, a compendium of product environmental impacts
Jump to: navigation, search
Mac mini
Carbon Footprint
GHG Emissions Facts
Per device (MGEM2)
Total:530 kg CO₂e
530,000 gCO₂e
 Production:477 kg CO₂e
477,000 gCO₂e
 Distribution:5 kg CO₂e
5,000 gCO₂e
 Usage:42 kg CO₂e
42,000 gCO₂e
 End of Life:5 kg CO₂e
5,000 gCO₂e
Carbon Budget
Per person annual emissions
Material Use
aluminumcircuit boards
plasticshard drives
Source: Apple Inc[1]

The Mac mini is a desktop computer 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, data on this page refers to version MGEM2 of the device. The device has life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 530 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]


The device is composed of aluminum (595 g), circuit boards (330 g), plastics (185 g), hard drives (100 g), other materials (60 g), and copper (30 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. Emissions information specific to materials is included in the production data.[1]


Production of a device is responsible for 477 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 90% of total life cycle emissions. This includes the extraction, production, and transport of raw materials for the device and product packaging.[1]


GHG emission information specific to packaging was not available. The retail box is composed of paper (214 g) and other plastics (9 g). The shipping box is responsible for an additional 441 grams of paper.[1]


Distribution of the product is responsible for 5 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 1% of total life cycle emissions. Apple has included, in these measurements, air and sea transport from the manufacturing site to continental distribution hubs. Transport of the products to the end consumer is not included.[1]


Use of the device is responsible for 42 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 8% of total life cycle emissions. This is based on four years of electricity usage.[1]

End of Life

The service life of the device is estimated to be four years. Disposal of the device is responsible for 5 kg CO2e of GHG emissions or 1% of total life cycle emissions. Apple Inc. offers recycling programs in 95% of countries where the products are sold.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Apple Inc - comparison of Apple Inc product environmental impacts


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Mac mini. Apple Inc, 16 Oct. 2014. Web. 10 Jan. 2017. Archived
  2. "More answers to your questions about Apple and the environment.". Apple. Accessed January 4 2017. Archived