EPEAT Investigation Results Reveal MacBook Air Conforms to "Green Standard"
EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) recently released the results of an investigation regarding the environmental friendliness of “ultra-thin” laptops initiated shortly after Apple announced it was pulling out of the ratings system. The results revealed that the tested devices confirmed to so-called “green” standards, including the MacBook Air (which was previously in question).
According to EPEAT CEO, Robert Frisbee, “EPEAT is committed to foster greener electronics and to give purchasers the tools to evaluate green claims. The system’s rigorous environmental assessment processes result from a powerful stakeholder collaboration that includes purchasers, environmental advocates, government, manufacturer, recycler and academic participants. This latest series of stringent investigations demonstrates the power of that approach.” The company recently announced that five “ultra-thin” notebooks made by Apple, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba met the assessment’s criteria and were subsequently deemed to be in conformance with the “green rating” system’s standards. The specific areas of concern that were tested were product upgradability, use of components that don’t require exotic tools to upgrade, and “materials of concern” like batteries that can be easily removed from a computer’s housing.
The whole ordeal between Apple and EPEAT started in July when Apple requested 39 of its computers be removed from the standard-setting group’s registry of environmentally friendly products. Shortly after the company quickly reversed its decision following an outpouring of criticism, but failed to offer an explanation as to why it pulled the products in the first place. It was speculated that the move was tied to Apple’s newly released MacBook Pro with Retina display originally with the thought being that the design was inconsistent with EPEAT’s requirements regarding recyclability.
Although the Retina-toting MacBook Pro was never submitted for EPEAT approval and was not part of the most recent assessment, the device still holds an EPEAT Gold rating according to Apple’s website. Furthermore, although the controversy may still surround the high-end MacBook Pro, it appears the changes made to the newest MacBook Air’s design including the move away from glued-in batteries also falls within the guidelines of EPEAT’s standards.