Apple Comments on Controversial EPEAT Pullout

On Wednesday morning, MMW covered the Mac backlash in San Francisco, where local government officials are firing back at Apple for its recent decision to pull the “green” electronics certification off its Mac computers.

“We are disappointed that Apple chose to withdraw from EPEAT,” Melanie Nutter, director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment, told the WSJ. “We hope that the city saying it will not buy Apple products will make Apple reconsider its participation.”

In reaction to the move by Sam Francisco officials to begin halting all purchases of Apple desktops and laptops for municipal agencies, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is firing back in defense of its decisions.

On Wednesday, Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokesperson, released the following statement regarding the matter:

“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. 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.”

It remains to be seen, however, if Apple’s response will be adequate to calm the environmental fury that the company stirred up by dropping the EPEAT certification from its product line.

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