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Apple Relents on EPEAT Removals, Promises Stronger Relationship

Apple raised quite a stink among advocates of green technology earlier this week after removing its Mac computers from EPEAT, a voluntary registry of electronics committed to improving the environment.

Among those incensed by Apple’s decision was the City of San Francisco, who summarily barred employees from purchasing Mac computers with taxpayer dollars.

Such vocal displeasure has been heard loud and clear up in Cupertino, and on Friday, retiring Apple senior vice president of hardware engineering Bob Mansfield took to the company’s website to not only reverse the decision, but also set the record straight.

“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system,” Mansfield writes. “I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.

“It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever,” the executive continues. “Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT.”

Apple promises to work more closely with EPEAT to improve what many consider to be an outdated ratings system compared to the more stringent Energy Star 5.2 government standard.

Looks like the techno-hippies will have to find another computer maker to vent their rage onto next week…

Via www.ign.com

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