Apple responds to EPEAT delisting, touts Energy Star


There is some backlash over Apple’s recent move to delist its products from the U.S. EPEAT Government standard for Green computers.

Today, it was reported that San Francisco was no longer able to buy Apple computers because of the delisting, and many other education, government and other big business entities could theoretically follow suit.

Apple released the following statement to the Loop this evening to clear up the situation somewhat:

“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.”

While these are all very important environmental attributes, the lack of repairability and ability to take apart these new machines does have a negative affect on consumers and the environment—which is a still a downside/tradeoff for new Retina MacBook Pro designs. Will these moves affect your buying decision?

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