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Apple provides green details on new "Spaceship" campus, reports reduced emissions in 2013


Apple talks a big game when it comes to the environment, so the company's annual report on its green efforts are always an interesting read. This year, Apple's Environmental Responsibility Report (PDF) brings news on renewable energy for its retail stores and the company's overall carbon footprint.

Despite using more power than ever before, Apple's carbon footprint from that power consumption actually fell 3% from 2012 to 2013. This marks the first time that figure has fallen since Apple first began reporting these figures in 2009, and proves that while the Apple's growth has lead to greater power needs, those needs are being filled without detrimental effects. Apple also reported that 145 of its U.S. retail stores, as well as all of its locations in Australia, are now using renewable energy exclusively.

Looking to the future, a few details on Apple Campus 2 -- AKA "the Spaceship" -- made it into the report as well. Campus 2 will use 30% less energy than a typical R&D facility of its size thanks to its unique design which provides natural air ventilation for three-quarters of the year, and a massive solar installation that will soak up some precious energy from above. Apple is also planning on planting upwards of 6,000 trees at the new campus location, and will provide 1,000 bicycles to employees looking for a zero-emission commute.

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