Apple Gives Up on Green Electronics Certification for Computers

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has decided that its computer products will no longer be part of the government's Green Electronics Certification program. The Green Electronics Certification program designates that a product is "environmentally friendly."

Late last month Apple asked the organization in charge of registering devices as "environmentally friendly" (the EPEAT) to remove 39 certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops, which included past versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air from the list. To have a product listed an electronic device must be easily disassembled with common tools by recyclers so that they can separate various recyclable components.

Apple told the organization that its design direction was no longer compatible with the organization’s environmental requirements. Ultimately this move could cause all kinds of problems for governments and schools that are fond of using Apple products. One of the selling points is that Apple computer products were easily recycled.

On a related note, GIGA OM reports that the City of San Francisco is (again, according to the Wall Street Journal) the first municipality to say that it can no longer use Apple products. Officials at the San Francisco Department of Environment said this week that they would send out letters over the next few weeks letting all 50 of its agencies that Apple laptops and desktops "will no longer qualify" for purchase with city funds. The city did say that it would offer a waiver program for those who really want a Mac computer, but they describe the process as "long and onerous." While city officials are being dramatic about it, GIGA OM points out that Apple will barely notice the drop in sales because only 2 percent of computers used by the city are made by Apple.

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    Mystakill says:

    Exactly.  While I love my Mac, I'm not too thrilled with Apple's iOS-ification of OS X, its product updates which preclude user upgrades, or its overly-litigious nature.  I'd love to switch back to Snow Leopard, but that would prevent me from using the apps I've purchased through MAS; I primarily purchase directly from devs/publishers, but some of the app prices on MAS were ridiculously low, and some apps are now only available through MAS (which is bad for everyone but Apple, as far as I'm concerned).

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    Atrayo says:

    Apple with nearly $600 a share in the stock market and flying high. Can easily remove itself from more conscientious consumers in regards to the environment. This can be a sign of things to come post Steve Jobs in how Apple conducts itself.

    Lets see how Apple responds to the Italian governments warranty issue for its citizens / consumers.

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    ecco6t9 says:

    It's always humorous to see that. Usually it's some guy ranting on about Walmart being evil with China made products, usually I chime in with "Where was your Macbook made?"

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    Zerodash says:

    I continue to be amazed at how much proverbial "street cred" Apple has with the kids of the anti-business movement.  They are every bit as "evil" as Microsoft and others, and yet Apple gets a pass every single time.  

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