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Ahead of the upcoming Earth Day, Apple has introduced a new iPhone disassembly robot called Daisy, the bot offers “the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone”, it's an improved version of the Liam, the company's first disassembly robot that was launched in 2016.

Apple’s newest disassembly robot, Daisy, is the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone. Created through years of R&D, Daisy incorporates revolutionary technology based on Apple’s learnings from Liam, its first disassembly robot launched in 2016.

Daisy is made from some of Liam’s parts and is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and sorting their high-quality components for recycling. Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers can’t — and at a higher quality.

In addition, Apple announced the GiveBack that for every device traded in or recycled at Apple online and retail stores worldwide between now and April 30, they will make a donation to Conservation International, a non-profit environmental organization who worked to protect nature globally.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Lastly, the iPhone maker has released its 2018 Environment Responsibility Report today, and focusing on climate change, resources, and safer materials. The report has highlighted its efforts on using 100% renewable energy, goals to ensure products are built for durability and recyclability, supply chain environment responsibilities, and more. Read Apple's full report here.

Apple today announced that its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy, including the retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. In a statement, CEO Tim Cook said that they are "committed to leaving the world better than we found it."

"We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We're going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it."

Furthermore, the company's 100 percent clean energy figure also encompasses facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, as well as India. Apple claims that currently it has total of 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity.

Among them, the Cupertino tech giant says that 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, which is the most ever in a year! In the meantime, 15 more projects are still being constructed. Once all finished, it will deliver up to 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation across 11 countries.

The ongoing projects are:

Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America. It is powered by 100 percent renewable energy from multiple sources, including a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage. It also gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

Over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been developed across six provinces of China to address upstream manufacturing emissions.

Apple recently announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.

In Prineville, Oregon, the company signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for an Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2019.

In Reno, Nevada, Apple created a partnership with the local utility, NV Energy, and over the last four years developed four new projects totaling 320 megawatts of solar PV generation.

In Japan, Apple is partnering with local solar company Daini Denryoku to install over 300 rooftop solar systems that will generate 18,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy every year — enough to power more than 3,000 Japanese homes.

Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is supported by projects that generate 244 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, which is equivalent to the energy used by 17,906 North Carolina homes.

In Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple adapted and built its renewable energy on 800 rooftops.

Apple is currently constructing two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.

To look back Apple's commitment on using renewable energy, since 2011, these projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent, since 2014, 100 percent of Apple's data centers powered by clean energy, and since 2016, 96 percent of Apple facilities have been run on renewable energy. The iPhone maker is also telling suppliers to use clean energy.

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According to Reuters, Apple opposes proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan in United States, in which the company said repealing the policy would subject them and the manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty if the plan is reversed.

"Repealing the Clean Power Plan will subject consumers like Apple and our large manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty," the California-based company said in a filing to the agency.

Apple, which says it runs its U.S. operations fully on renewable energy such as wind and solar power, added that repeal of the plan would also threaten development and investments that have already been made in renewable power.

The "Clean Power Plan" was originally proposed by former U.S. President Obama back in 2014. President Trump signed an executive order to review the plan, but later decided not to implement it. The plan required U.S. power plants to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Apple has always had a strong passion when it comes to environmental promise, as the Cupertino giant uses renewable energy sources like solar, hydro, and wind to power its data centers completely, with 96 percent used by its facilities worldwide.

We know we can. That’s why 100 percent of the electricity we use to power our data centers, and 96 percent used by our facilities worldwide, comes from energy sources like solar, hydro, and wind power. So every time you send an iMessage or ask Siri a question, it’s powered by renewable energy.

In a response to Apple, ERA says that it "will be considering the comments on the policy's elimination.

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