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Apple returns to Epeat after pulling out products

Apple returns to Epeat after pulling out products
Apple improved in infrastructure siting and renewables and advocacy.

After pulling out their products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool less than a week ago, Apple announced they will rejoin the "green" electronics rating system due to "customers who were disappointed" with the earlier decision.

In a letter published in Apple's Web site, senior vice president for hardware engineering Bob Mansfield said he recognized pulling out from the Epeat was "a mistake."

Epeat chief executive Robert Frisbee then responded that he is "very happy" with the company's announcement to submit to their registry once again, in an open letter in the group's Web site.

"Our relationship with Epeat has become stronger as a result of this experience, and we look forward to working with Epeat as [our] rating system," Mr. Mansfield furthered.

During the pull-out, Apple reportedly said the company's design direction was no longer consistent with Epeat requirements.

Greenpeace rates Apple

Meanwhile environmental campaigning organization Greenpeace released a "well-timed" rating of its own for the electronics company in between their latest Epeat-related decisions, according to consumer electronics blog Engadget.

While not directly related to those decisions, Apple was given "C's and D's" from "F's" for their data centers due to their improved clean energy policies, though the scores are still low compared with sector leaders, the report said.

Apple improved in infrastructure siting (from F to D); energy efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation; renewables and advocacy (both from D to C); as well as in its clean energy index (from 15.3 percent to 22.6). But the company remained stationary at "D" in terms of energy transparency.

Apple reportedly committed to having coal-free data centers which will be powered by 100-percent renewable energy in May, but Greenpeace says the company lacks a plan outlining a realistic path to achieve that goal.

They add that Apple's main source of electricity, coal-reliant North Carolina-based Duke Energy, should be pushed toward that goal so Apple could be coal-free. – N.P. Arboleda

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