Apple Ceases Registering Products in EPEAT

Erica Ogg, writing at GigaOM:

Last month Apple asked that the standards group EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), which is responsible for rating the recyclability of electronics products drop it from its rankings. The group, which is funded by the EPA, complied. It means that 39 Macs, MacBooks and monitors that were previously EPEAT certified as causing minimal environmental damage and promoting maximum recyclability, no longer have the group’s stamp of approval. In making this move, Apple is signaling that it won’t let future design decisions be governed by those seeking to uphold environmental standards.

It’s not just a label; many government agencies and business will only purchase EPEAT-approved computers.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012