Apple Withdraws from EPEAT Certification

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has chosen to withdraw all 39 of its products from the EPEAT Green electronics certification over a spat with the group over the latest Retina Display-equipped generations of the iPad and Macbook Pro.

While EPEAT seems to have no qualms about the materials Apple makes its products from, it does take issue with the construction of the latest devices.  EPEAT requires that electronics be easy to disassemble with common tools.  The Third Generation iPad and the next generation of Macbook Pro use proprietary screws, displays fused to the glass, and components glued together rather than fastened with screws, making them harder to disassemble for recycling purposes.  It should be noted though, Apple Stores will take your retired or broken devices for recycling.

The move to withdraw from EPEAT could have sales ramifications for Apple with government, education, and corporate customers.  Many of those institutions, including the U.S. Federal government, have policies that either require EPEAT certified devices or give strong preference to them.

(Wall Street Journal Article)
(EPEAT Press Release)


  1. Jomichael Porter says

    If Apple will take back their products for recycling, then ultimately this is not a big problem. It only becomes one if the EPEAT certification is a requirement. They are ultimately maintaining corporate responsibility by dealing with the difficult-to-disassemble products themselves.

    • Sylwia says

      It is a big deal. It does not matter who does the recycling. The process to recycle new iPad and MacBook Pro is harder than it should.
      Nothing amazingly green in Apple “handling it for you”. I do not know how it is in the US, but in European Union, electronic producers must take your old equipment to recycling place. You do not have to take it yourself. In some places there are drop-off zones. In some you can leave it in a store when you buy a replacement. These places do it for all sorts of gadgets. The easier they are to open up the better for everyone. It is the big picture that counts.

    • Profile photo of Benjamin J. Roethig says

      It has the potential to either be much to do about nothing or it could be a giant mistake for Apple. Depends on how closely EPEAT requirements are followed. San Francisco has already disqualified Apple products and requires a waiver.