This week Apple has made a statement on their recent withdrawal of all of their products from the EPEAT environmental registry. This statement notes that because EPEAT does not cover all of the environmental issues that Apple finds important, they've withdrawn their products from the registry. Additionally, Apple has let it be known that they are continuing to work with standards set by the US Government-backed Energy Star system.
This statement was made to The Loop by Apple Representative Kristin Huguet, and lets it be known that EPEAT's standards are what Apple considers outdated and restrictive. Reactions to this move include the city of San Francisco stopping city funding for Apple-made product purchases by city officials - this being because their system requires the EPEAT approval tag to be attached, so to speak, to ever product purchased by the city.
"Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2. We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials." - Kristin Huguet for Apple
EPEAT does not cover smartphones or tablets, this also an area that's undeniably important for Apple to have approval on. You can learn more on Apple's current environmental practices by heading to their Apple and the Environment page today. This page lets users know what kind of footprint each product has, what kind of environmental impact each of their manufacturing processes has, and shows the many ways in which Apple products are green-conscious.
Have a peek at our timeline below to see more on this EPEAT situation as it's unfolded thus far.