Apple recently chose to remove all of their Mac lineup from the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registry. EPEAT awards show that a product is recyclable and designed to be “green”. Apple’s current lineup of Macs all met EPEAT standards, except for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Why? Because the battery is glued to the inside of the computer, making it difficult to recycle. Apple has not yet released a statement on why they decided to pull their products from EPEAT. However, it should be noted that all of the current Mac lineup still meets Energy Star 5.2 standards.
Because of Apple removing their products from the EPEAT registry, all municipal agencies in the City of San Francisco will no longer be able to buy Macs. This is because a citywide law prohibits the city from buying any computer that isn’t in the EPEAT registry, even if it meets the standards. Currently, only 1—2 percent of city workers use Macs while at work (that’s 500-700 employees), so this isn’t a huge loss for Apple. However, the city will still continue to buy iOS devices as there is not yet an EPEAT standard for tablets, smartphones and media players.