Environment

Former EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, joining Apple reporting to Tim Cook

In talking up Apple's environmental policies at D11, CEO Tim Cook announced that former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, will be joining the company reporting directly to Cook. Jackson joins Apple to co-ordinate the environmental policies right across the company.

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Apple comments on EPEAT environmental certification

Apple has responded to concerns surrounding their request to remove the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certification from 39 of their product lines. A statement issued to The Loop reads, in part:

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.

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Foxconn employees get 16-25% raise, factories facing new environmental audits

With working conditions in Chinese factories still making headlines, Apple manufacturer Foxconn is going to be increasing wages, and Apple is reportedly going to allow independent environmental reviews of at least 2 of their suppliers, with the potential for more to follow.

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Apple Making Greenpeace Happier

According to Greenpeace -- who's here at CES to right and properly scold the consumer electronics industry for not doing more to keep the planet hospitable for humans -- Apple is making them happier [PDF link].

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Apple It's Easier Being Green

Apple has set up a new, environment-focused section of their website, which covers their full product range and life-cycle -- including TiPb's titular iPhone [PDF link].

Give it a look and let us know how you think Apple's doing.

[Thanks everyone who sent this in!]

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Steve Speaks: It's Not Easy Being Greener

Because of Apple's high media profile, Greenpeace likes to have a little fun with them. Nothing gets headlines like bashing Apple in the tech industry, especially if you're hippie enough to make Steve Jobs seem more like Stephen Colbert. With Al Gore on their board, however, it's probably safe to say Apple has to at least appear to be one of the more -- if not most -- environmentally friendly major tech company in the US. Case in point, and unprecedented second open letter from Steve Jobs:

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Apple's Response to Eco Claims

Apple's response to Greenpeace's report of PVC, phthalates, and BFRs in the iPhone is short and sweet. Witness the words of the Apple spokesperson as told to MacWorld:

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Apple Sued, Again

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Greenpeace Not Happy with iPhone


figure 1: Greenpeace currently gives Apple a 5.3 out of 10 as their environmental score.

On the same week that notable Apple board member Al Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize, Apple gets excoriated by Greenpeace on the presence of Toxic Chemicals in the iPhone.

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