updated 11:59 pm EDT, Tue July 10, 2012
Calls Energy Star 5.2 and existing Apple programs 'comprehensive'
On Tuesday, Apple responded to media coverage regarding its recent withdrawal of the entire Apple product line from the EPEAT green-certification index. The EPEAT criteria, last changed three years ago, doesn't measure toxic material reduction, nor does it index smartphones or tablets. EPEAT's rules mandate that it must be easy to separate any toxic materials from those that can be recycled.
Apple representative Kristin Huguet told The Loop that "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."
As a result of the withdrawal, San Francisco may soon stop buying Macintosh computers for the city's 50 agencies. While the federal government has rules about 95 percent of its purchases being EPEAT certified, sources tell MacNN that most agencies are using previous model's EPEAT certifications as sufficient compliance with the recyclable mandate.
All current Mac models apart from the Retina MacBook Pro still meet or exceed EPEAT standards. Apple has a web page dedicated to self-reporting on environmental progress in both the manufacturing and retailing aspects of all Apple products, including the mobile devices not covered by EPEAT.[via The Loop]