Apple Shuns EPEAT: Green Cash Trumps Environment?
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 11/07/2012 17:43
Nothing gets past the sharp-eyed geeks at iFixit, a Web site that provides free repair manuals and advice forums. They tore down the new MacBook Pro with Retina last month and found that the battery was stuck to the case with industrial-strength glue, meaning you can't replace an old battery with a new one.
The MacBook Pro was also missing a gold certificate from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, a rating system for electronics that looks at various factors about a product's environmental impact, including longevity and recyclability.
Apple Quitting Green Registry Leads to Purchasing Fallout
San Francisco plans to suspend purchases of Apple Inc. computers after the company stopped participating in an environmental certification program used by governments and universities to make purchasing decisions.
San Francisco's 50 departments and 28,000 employees will no longer be able to use city funds to buy Apple desktops, laptops or monitors because the Cupertino, California-based company dropped out of the rating system called EPEAT, created to track the environmental impact of computers, Jon Walton, the city's chief information officer, said yesterday in an interview. The city's policy doesn't apply to iPhones and iPads, he said.
Apple's EPEAT Withdrawal Raises Recycling, Disassembly Concerns [IDG]
Apple's decision to withdraw products from the EPEAT standard it helped implement has raised concerns among industry observers and environmentalists, who said the design of the company's new products, including the Retina display, make laptops difficult to disassemble and recycle.
Apple has removed all of its Mac products from the EPEAT registry, including products that were previously EPEAT Gold, a rating given to the most environmentally friendly computers. Some observers said that Apple's unwillingness to work with industry partners to define environmental friendly standards is being shown through new products like the MacBook Pro, a highly integrated laptop that is considered difficult to disassemble and recycle.