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Apple explains green register delisting

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Apple has explained why it has chosen to remove its products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool's (EPEAT) green register.

The tech giant said that its hardware is environmentally friendly in ways that the organisation's ranking does not take into account.

Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Staff help customers activate their new iPhone 3GS at an Apple store in London, Friday, June 19, 2009, as Apple launched the sale of the new iPhone in Britain

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"Apple takes a comprehensive approach to measuring our environmental impact and all of our products meet the strictest energy efficiency standards backed by the US government, Energy Star 5.2," company spokesperson Kristin Huguet told The Loop.

"We also lead the industry by reporting each product's greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials."

Apple's comments follow criticism from San Francisco city officials, who confirmed that they are imposing a boycott on government agencies purchasing new Mac computers in response to the company's EPEAT delisting.

The company features a dedicated section on its website showing the size of its carbon footprint. It announced in May that its massive data centre in North Carolina will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources by the end of 2012.

EPEAT's criteria measure a product's energy efficiency based on how easy it is to disassemble and recycle, among other factors. Apple's latest MacBook Pro is considered nearly impossible to completely take apart.

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