Just when you thought Apple was really starting to go green—announcing plans to power its newest data center largely with renewable energy—the tech company took a big step backward last week, requesting that all of its products be removed from EPEAT,
a registry of environmentally friendly electronics. What’s really
strange is that Apple helped start EPEAT back in 2006, and now it’s just
backing out without much of an explanation.
But while it’s
unclear why Apple seems to be moving away from green devices, the
unfailingly green city of San Francisco has taken notice. Officials
announced earlier this week that city agencies will no longer be allowed to purchase Apple desktops and laptops, at least without going through an onerous waiver application process.