Apple rejoins EPEAT green registry

  • Apple has rejoined an environmental ratings scheme a week after it left the program.

    The firm released a letter on its site admitting the move had been "a mistake" after many of its customers had complained.

    The reversal comes on the back of an announcement by San Francisco city officials that they planned to ban local agencies from buying Apple Mac computers.

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

    The company’s decision to leave came after the release of a new laptop which was hard to disassemble and recycle, resulting in the likely failure that the device would grab the scheme's top rating.