Last week EPEAT (the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) gave the green light for ultra-thin laptops from Apple, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba to be considered eco friendly noting that these manufacturers had met its strict admission criteria. Whilst said manufacturers will have cracked open a bottle of eco-friendly Champagne, though, Greenpeace are not so thrilled and claim the move will result in the creation of more e-waste in the near future.
Since Ultrabooks came to market in 2011 there have been many debates surrounding whether they should be included on EPEAT’s database, due to concerns surrounding the non-repairable nature of their designs. Non-removable batteries, hard to access components amongst other things up until last week had held back Ultrabooks from being included on the EPEAT list of approved products. Now that they are on that list Casey Harrell, IT analyst at Greenpeace, has hit out and pretty much slammed EPEAT’s decision in a statement to technology website IT Pro.
“EPEAT has confused consumers and businesses who want to buy green electronics that can be repaired and will last a long time, and sets a dangerous trend for the burgeoning market of Ultrabooks”
“Consumers will not risk violating their product warranty to change a battery…and are sure to conclude that the entire process is too complicated and [will] instead buy a new product.”
On top of noting that EPEAT’s latest decision is likely to confuse consumers and businesses, Harrell took this opportunity to also slam PC vendors who design Ultrabooks, stating that:
“If companies can’t make products that can be easily fixed, they shouldn’t be sold.”
Apple pulled its products off the U.S. government-backed registration of environmentally friendly electronics in July of this year, including its 39 certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops, which included past versions of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The reasoning behind Apple’s decision was due to the design of its current line of PC’s not fitting in with EPEAT’s design requirements. This is one major reason as to why Greenpeace is hitting out at EPEAT’s latest decision to include these machines in its registry.
Via: Wall Street Journal