Apple’s top-of-the-line professional workstation, the Mac Pro, has not only been redesigned to be much smaller and more efficient than before, but also more environmentally-friendly. It uses 74 percent less aluminum and steel, as well as 84 percent less packaging by weight than the previous generation. The fact that roughly two thirds of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from a computer like the Mac Pro come from production, not use, means these changes could have a genuine positive impact.

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Even though production is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, Apple has also made sure that the new Mac Pro outperforms the stringent requirements of the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers Version 6.0. The desktop unit uses less than half of the allowable energy limit, yet still manages to out-perform a number of Apple’s competitors, according to CleanTechnica.

It’s clear that Apple has taken a serious look at its environmental policies and tried to do something about them. The use of less materials and improved energy efficiency are complemented by various product take-back and recycling programs that the company operates in 95 percent of the regions where their products are sold.

Beyond its environmental impact, the Mac Pro is also much quieter, which means it won’t sound like a space shuttle launch when called on to perform memory-intensive tasks. While Apple’s desktop offering is probably beyond most people’s requirements, it’s good to know that the company has started to apply environmental policies to products that appeal to all levels of user.

For more details about the company’s policies, feel free to check out their Mac Pro environmental report.

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Via CleanTechnica, TreeHugger

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