Apple responds to EPEAT green-certification pull-out

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macbook-pro-retina-top.jpgEarlier this week, it was revealed that Apple had pulled out of the EPEAT certification program that awarded company’s whose products had stellar green credentials.

Now Apple have released a statement explaining why they have done so. Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet stated 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.”

It’s a double-edged response from Apple, that’s really only halfway to clearing up their shifting green stance. Indeed, EPEAT’s certifications haven’t changed to reflect the growing market for smartphones and tablets, meaning some of Apple’s products wouldn’t be properly judged by EPEAT’s standards.

However, EPEAT’s certification system still applies to Apple’s standard computers, like the Mac Pro and MacBook models. In that respect, it seems Apple are side-stepping the issue slightly. And the MacBook Pro with Retina display is still the prime suspect.

Via: The Loop

Gerald Lynch