Apple makes u-turn on environmental rating scheme

IT manufacturer Apple has rejoined an environmental ratings scheme a week after leaving the programme.

The firm published a letter on its website stating it had realised the move had been “a mistake” after many of its customers had complained.

The u-turn follows an announcement by San Francisco city officials that they planned to ban local agencies from buying Apple Mac computers.

They said at the time that they hoped Apple would reconsider.

Apple helped set up the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registry in 2006. It is designed to identify which electronic devices pose the least risk to the environment.

Apple’s decision to leave followed the release of a new laptop which was hard to disassemble and recycle, meaning the device would have been unlikely to have secured the scheme’s top rating.

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