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Decision to Leave EPEAT Sours Fans, Apple Rejoins

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Decision to Leave EPEAT Sours Fans, Apple Rejoins

After originally announcing it would remove many of its products from the Electronics Product Environmental Assessment Tool standard, Apple backtracked, saying it would put all eligible products back on the EPEAT registry.

"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," said Kristin Huget, Apple's spokesperson after initially deciding against the EPEAT standard. "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."

Apple said its decision to rejoin EPEAT was due to negative responses from many loyal customers. Many schools and government agencies can only purchase equipment that align with the EPEAT standard; thus, failing to be included in the registry could have affected some of Apple's sales opportunities.

EPEAT label standards encompass a wide range of manufacturing and assembly processes, energy consumption and the afterlife of products.