This week tech giant Apple shocked the environmental community by announcing that they will no longer conform to eco-friendly standards set by certifier, EPEAT.
“Apple has said that their design direction is not compatible with EPEAT standards,” says EPEAT boss Robert Frisbee. “It’s kind of odd since they’ve helped design” those standards.
EPEAT is a global registry for environmentally conscious electronics and is backed by the EPA. Apple has held a gold rating from the organization, a fact that they have been very proud of in the past.
A San Francisco city official says he doesn’t understand the move. “It’s really bad for EPEAT and it’s really bad for anyone trying to do green purchasing.” Indeed, the city will no longer be able to purchase Apple computers because its own rules require EPEAT certification.
Speculation is that the move may be due to Apple’s newly glued-in batteries in its MacBook Pro. This change renders the machine unable to be recycled since it can no longer be properly taken apart.
After all the work that Apple has recently done to improve the environmental impact of the head quarters, this surprising stance on their electronics might have Steve Jobs rolling in his grave.