Apple recently notified the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and won’t be submitting new products to the registry for environmental rating. The folks over at CIO Journal were given a chance to speak with the CEO of EPEAT, Robert Frisbee, who ended up offering more insight into Apple’s decision:
They said their design direction was no longer consistent with EPEAT requirements. The company did not elaborate. They were important supports and we are disappointed that they don’t want their products measured by this standard anymore.
According to my EPEAT contacts, Apple’s mobile design direction is in conflict with the intended direction of the standard. Specifically, the standard lays out particular requirements for product “disassemble-ability,” a very important consideration for recycling: “External enclosures, chassis, and electronic subassemblies shall be removable with commonly available tools or by hand.”
Source: CIO Journal, iFixIt