EPEAT, the leading global environmental rating system for electronic products, has been notified by Apple today that it is withdrawing its products from their certification system and will no longer be submitting its products for environmental rating. EPEAT promises to connect its purchasers to environmentally preferable choices and benefit its producers who demonstrate environmental responsibility and innovation.
According to the EPEAT’s blog announcement:
For participating electronics manufacturers, EPEAT is a chance to showcase and validate their greener design initiatives, cleaner production and customer support services. But EPEAT is more than simply a product rating – it is also a community effort by all interested stakeholders to define and maintain best practice in environmental sustainability for electronics.
We regret that Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT. We hope that they will decide to do so again at some point in future.
Will this have any significant impact on Apple’s product sales? I don’t think so!