Apple decided to withdraw all its products from EPEAT, short for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. The reason is that Apple's newest MacBook Pro with Retina Display is difficult to disassemble for the sake of repairs, upgrades and recycling.
EPEAT announced that Apple has pulled its 39 certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops off the list of green products last month.
Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT, said to CIO Journal: "They said their design direction was no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements. They were important supporters, and we are disappointed that they don't want their products measured by this standard anymore."
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Apple has made its latest MacBook Pro with Retina display difficult to disassemble. Kyle Wiens, iFixit CEO called the laptop the "least repairable".
"The design may well be comprised of 'highly recyclable aluminum and glass' -- but my friends in the electronics recycling industry tell me they have no way of recycling aluminum that has glass glued to it like Apple did with both this machine and the recent iPad. The design pattern has serious consequences not only for consumers and the environment, but also for the tech industry as a whole," Kyle wrote.
Apple's decision will also influence its business with the U.S. government, which requires 95%of its PC purchases to be EPEAT registered. At least one city, San Francisco has stopped buying Apple computers. Francis Tsang, spokesman for Mayor Edwin Lee's office, says the city's rules require that laptops, computers and monitors comply with the registry's requirements.
However, on the "environment" section of its website, Apple says it "reports environmental impact comprehensively. We do this by focusing on our products: what happens when we design them, what happens when we make them, and what happens when you take them home and use them."