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Apple nearly sweeps EPEAT tablet registry

Apple nearly sweeps EPEAT tablet registry

August 20, 2014

The latest Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry from the Green Electronics Council currently includes 135 tablets. Of these, 134 are made by Apple.

Featuring various configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad with Retina display, and iPad mini, the list includes one non-iPad model, the Dell Venue 11 Pro.

As noted on its blog, Green Electronics Council CEO Robert Frisbee says:

We are pleased at Participating Manufacturers’ enthusiasm to register these new products. In less than one week more than 100 slates/tablets have been registered in EPEAT, and we expect to see many more in the weeks and months to come. These products are an exciting addition to EPEAT and an important step into reducing the environmental impacts of a major new product type. We are confident the new products are leaders in their category.

Back in 2012, Apple temporarily removed its products from EPEAT certification. At the time, Apple cited “changes in its design direction which were no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements” as the reason for this removal request.

Apple soon reversed its decision. In making the announcement, Bob Mansfield, the then senior vice president of hardware engineering said:

It’s important to know that our commitment to protecting the environment has never changed, and today it is as strong as ever. Apple makes the most environmentally responsible products in our industry. In fact, our engineering teams have worked incredibly hard over the years to make our products even more environmentally friendly, and much of our progress has come in areas not yet measured by EPEAT.

To date, Apple’s product lineup is well represented in several EPEAT categories, including desktops, notebooks, displays, integrated desktop computers, and tablets/slates.

EPEAT is described as “a comprehensive global environmental rating system that helps purchasers identify greener computers and other electronics and other electronics.”

Via: MacRumors

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