In direct response to pressure from Apple's environmentally conscious customers, Bob Mansfield Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Apple, has released a statement that recognises the the recent move Abandon EPEAT, the 'Green' Rating System, as an error.
In a statement on the Apple.com website Bob Mansfield published the following letter to Apple customers:
We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT.
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.
For example, Apple led the industry in removing harmful toxins such as brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). We are the only company to comprehensively report greenhouse gas emissions for every product we make, taking into account the entire product lifecycle. And we've removed plastics wherever possible, in favor of materials that are more highly recyclable, more durable, more efficient and longer lasting.
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The letter further states Mr Mansfields thoughts relating to Apples environmental ethos together with his thoughts on IEEE 1680.1 standards.