A U.K. based non-profit organization named CDP, recently asked major companies to provide reports on their environmental impact with details on the risks and opportunities which climate change could present.
Apple was actually one of the respondants, and as outlined by Bloomberg, the company actually believes future climate-related disasters could increase people’s dependence on the iPhone.
According the report released by Apple, which is only a small portion of the statement that was actually shared, the iPhone can work as a flashlight or even a siren, and can help provide first aid instructions, or even serve as a radio. The device can also be charged through hand cranks or car batteries, allowing it to work even when the power is out.
As people start to experience really bad weather events with much greater frequencies, we expect a much greater need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well being of our loved ones”, the company wrote. It’s mobile devices “can serve as a flash light or even a siren, and they can even provide first aid instructions, or they can act as a radio, and they can also be charged for many days through car batteries or even hand cranks of course”.
Apple of course declined to comments on this information provided in the report, and we only have a very small glimpse of the data that was included. Apple of course had additional thoughts to share on climate change, a lot like the other companies that actually participated.
For example, Disney said they are worried about rising temperatures affecting park attendance, while Coke said the potential of water shortages could limit water availability for the bottling process of Coke, and Intel said that droughts in the areas of it’s operation could increase operational costs, while AT&T said that the frequent hurricanes and wildfires could lead to spending on damage repair for it’s network.
Based entirely on reports submitted by each company, CDP (which actually used to be called the Carbon Disclosure Project), provided letter grades measuring metrics like “how aware they are about climate change”, and “how they’re progressing towards targets”, and also “how they’re managing it”.
Thirty companies in total in the United States had received overall “A” grades when it came to environmental performance, including Apple of course. Apple was basically scored on metrics just like the infrastructure in place to address climate change issues within the company, risks and opportunities related to climate change, financial planning for these risks and opportunities, emissions targets and progress made towards those targets, and much more.
Apple actually works hard to limit it’s carbon footprint, and all of it’s facilities worldwide operate using 100% renewable enegery. Apple is also now focusing on recycling, with the aim of a closed loop supply chain that puts an end to it’s need to mine the earth for rare minerals.