US Federal Agencies No Longer Allowed to Buy Apple Products
Published on: 7th Jul 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
US federal government agencies are no longer able to purchase Apple products after the company withdrew from a mandatory certification scheme.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification is required under a law passed in 2009 if a federal government agency is to buy goods or services from a company. It ensures that the products meet minimum environmental protection standards.
In a statement on its website the agency said that Apple had notified the it that it will be withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting its products to EPEAT for environmental rating.
In a statement, the agency said that "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."
It is not clear why Apple withdrew from the ratings service, especially as it cuts off sales to a fairly substantial customer - the US Government. One report by the iFixit blog suggested that the problem relates to the difficulty of repairing Apple products and stripping them down for recycling.
Apple has struggled with its eco-friendly credentials, with repeated reports from agencies such as Greenpeace criticizing the company, not just for what they know the company is doing, but also for their apparent secrecy about the environmental impact of their various manufacturing processes.