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Apple reverses decision and regains EPEAT rating

Company claims that they made a “mistake” as eligible products regain certification

It was less than a week ago when Apple decided to suddenly remove their products from the federal EPEAT certification program, but they’ve now changed their mind just as suddenly. 

In a letter to customers, Bob Mansfield, Apple’s Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, wrote that the move “was a mistake” and that the company’s relationship with EPEAT “has become stronger as a result”. Mansfield also added that all eligible Apple products have regained their EPEAT rating as of today, and also emphasized various ways in which Apple looks after the environment. 

While the letter wastes no words in lauding Apple’s environmental efforts, it fails to explain Apple’s original actions and decision. Furthermore, the Retina MacBook Pro still doesn't meet EPEAT guidelines due to its non-removable battery, and it should be interesting to see what transpires with that reagards in the future. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-07-13 (Update: 2012-07-13)