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[ NNSquad ] Apple Ditches Green Standard, Cuts Off Federal Agencies From Apple Products

Apple Ditches Green Standard, Cuts Off Federal Agencies From Apple Products

http://j.mp/N70PAf  (ifixit)

   "Federal agencies can no longer buy Apple products for their offices.
    According to a recent announcement, Apple will be pulling all of their
    products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
    (EPEAT), the leading green consumer electronics standard. EPEAT is
    designed to mitigate the negative environmental and social impacts of
    electronics manufacturing by requiring that products meet eight
    environmental "performance categories," including product lifetime,
    toxic materials, and recyclability of components and packaging
    materials.  Since 2007, all of Apple's new products have been EPEAT
    Gold Certified, as they've widely advertised. EPEAT was developed by
    the Green Electronics Council, with a grant from the EPA, in 2006. By
    June 2007, 19 major electronics manufacturers had products registered
    with EPEAT, including Apple. Voluntary, government-adopted
    environmental standards such as EPEAT are one of the most effective
    ways to make the electronics industry greener. The federal government
    has significant buying power, and federal agencies can only purchase
    products that meet the EPEAT standard."

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I do not know for a fact that lack of EPEAT certification means that
federal agencies can absolutely not buy these products.  But the
situation is discouraging in any case.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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