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Apple Comments on EPEAT Withdrawal

By - Source: The Loop | B 47 comments

Apple made headlines earlier this week when it emerged that the company had pulled its products from EPEAT's list of registered EPEAT-certified products. Though the news has generated plenty of discussion, Apple itself had yet to comment on its decision to pull away from the environmental standard. All that changed yesterday, though, when the Cupertino-based company issued a statement regarding its actions.

"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," Apple representative Kristin Huguet, told The Loop.

"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."

So, while some believe Apple is pulling away from EPEAT because the company is moving towards product designs that no longer satisfy the standard, Apple is of the opinion that EPEAT's standard isn't comprehensive enough. What's more, the Loop's Jim Dalrymple points out that in addition to not measuring toxins and other environmental areas, EPEAT also doesn’t measure smartphones or tablets, which is an area of significant importance for Apple.

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    hotroderx , July 11, 2012 11:08 PM
    I am confused then why not continue to stay in EPEAT and hold your self to a higher standard. Showing how you go beyond the EPEAT standards? There really serious about going above and beyond EPEAT standards then meeting them should be no issue at all.
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 11:32 PM
    That's some creative spin they're putting on this situation. "EPEAT isn't thorough enough . . . so we're not going to hold ourselves to the standards they DO set."


    Excellent.
  • 26 Hide
    lsc , July 11, 2012 11:17 PM
    Apple's response in terms of EPEAT's environmental standards: "Apple is of the opinion that EPEAT's standard isn't comprehensive enough" = You're are holding it wrong
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  • 31 Hide
    hotroderx , July 11, 2012 11:08 PM
    I am confused then why not continue to stay in EPEAT and hold your self to a higher standard. Showing how you go beyond the EPEAT standards? There really serious about going above and beyond EPEAT standards then meeting them should be no issue at all.
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    newbcakes , July 11, 2012 11:15 PM
    Whatever Apple, whatever.
  • 26 Hide
    lsc , July 11, 2012 11:17 PM
    Apple's response in terms of EPEAT's environmental standards: "Apple is of the opinion that EPEAT's standard isn't comprehensive enough" = You're are holding it wrong
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    sykozis , July 11, 2012 11:19 PM
    Energy Star is a joke. Half the products on the market carrying an "energy star" logo....don't even meet the requirements for certification.
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2012 11:32 PM
    That's some creative spin they're putting on this situation. "EPEAT isn't thorough enough . . . so we're not going to hold ourselves to the standards they DO set."


    Excellent.
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    beardguy , July 11, 2012 11:34 PM
    Sounds like politician speak.
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    cpatel1987 , July 11, 2012 11:59 PM
    @HotRoderx: Its the companies sneaky way of saying: We aren't meeting the standard, but hey, look at the other shiny things we're doing.

    Your absolutely right. Theres no reason why they can't meet EPEAT and create their own standard.
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    omnimodis78 , July 12, 2012 12:15 AM
    I don't get why Apple didn't take a proactive approach in public relations regarding this issue. Why not beat the drums and sound the trumpets right away instead of waiting days before they released an official statement. Not to mention, I still don't get why not keep this certification and seek another one for those products which said certification doesn't cover. It would have made a bit more sense - but no doubt there's more to this than we are communicated. Oh Apple Inc. ...
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    livebriand , July 12, 2012 12:30 AM
    sykozisEnergy Star is a joke. Half the products on the market carrying an "energy star" logo....don't even meet the requirements for certification.

    I have to wonder - how does my Brother MFC-9840CDW meet that when it pulls up to 900W while warming up and printing? Granted, it is a color laser printer, but still...
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    Anonymous , July 12, 2012 12:47 AM
    Someone needs to control what EPEAT considers "standards". Air pollution is out of proportions and nobody is doing anything drastic to improve situation. I've never even heard of EPEAT before Apple decided to tackle it.

    EPEAT is probably oil-money rig.
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    memadmax , July 12, 2012 12:48 AM
    The more Foxconn workers that jump off the buildings, the less energy/food/water/etc etc is consumed and garbage is produced....
    Right apple???
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    DRosencraft , July 12, 2012 12:53 AM
    On the one hand I don't doubt that they're pulling out because they can't or don't want to meet the EPEAT standards. But, it is entirely within Apple's standard procedure to go off and make their own standard and promote it as being better than everyone else's, using it as a marketing strategy.
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    okibrian , July 12, 2012 1:17 AM
    memadmaxThe more Foxconn workers that jump off the buildings, the less energy/food/water/etc etc is consumed and garbage is produced....Right apple???

    OK, for the 100th time now, Apple is not the only one using Foxconn (which seems to come up in all things Apple no matter if it's related or not). Just about every electronic device in your house was made in China and most of that was made by a Foxconn worker. So when they say a Foxconn worker jumped why is it that people like you ASSume that it was one working on a freaking iPad?
    The below use Foxconn:
    Acer Inc.
    Amazon.com
    Apple Inc.
    Cisco
    Dell
    Hewlett-Packard
    Intel
    Microsoft
    Motorola Mobility
    Nintendo
    Nokia
    Samsung Electronics
    Sony
    Toshiba
    Vizio
    And many more. See anything you own??
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    stoogie , July 12, 2012 1:32 AM
    Seems like apple has no idea what they're talking about yet again.
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    A Bad Day , July 12, 2012 2:19 AM
    Quote:
    Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards


    So, care to explain why your products are a tad challenging to recycle and encouraging full replacement instead of simply the RAM or HDD/SSD?

    Oh, oh right. Recycling and reduction of consumption has absolutely no effect on the environment. Right, I got that.

    sykozisEnergy Star is a joke. Half the products on the market carrying an "energy star" logo....don't even meet the requirements for certification.


    A few years ago, somebody submitted a gas-powered alarm clock and I believe a coal-fired refrigerator.

    Both of the products got Energy Star ratings.
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    sundragon , July 12, 2012 2:22 AM
    otacon72Typical Apple...blame someone else.


    Blame whom?
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    Khimera2000 , July 12, 2012 2:25 AM
    okibrianAnd you can vote my last down all you want because I really don't give a shit. It's still fact!


    They still withdrew from the standard. That's a fact.

    There Response has left a lot of questions, that's also a fact.
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    okibrian , July 12, 2012 2:29 AM
    Khimera2000They still withdrew from the standard. That's a fact. There Response has left a lot of questions, that's also a fact.

    THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY POST!!! My post was about someone bringing up the Foxconn crap again. Did you even read my post???? Can you read????
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