New Apple Macs to be banned in San Francisco

San Francisco officials plan to stop local government agencies from purchasing Apple Macintosh computers after Apple withdraws from green scheme.

A ban  on Apple Mac computers is unlikely to reverse the firm's decision to withdraw from green scheme
A ban on Apple Mac computers is unlikely to reverse the firm's decision to withdraw from green scheme

Local government agencies in San Francisco could be blocked by city officials from buying new Apple Macintosh computers after Apple chose to withdraw from a green certification scheme.

The scheme is designed to identify which electronic devices are environment-friendly and the ban on purchasing Apple computers was intended to persuade the company to reconsider.

Around $45,579 (€37,177) had been spent on Apple equipment in 2010 by local officials, which is just a fraction of the $65 billion (€53 billion) net sales of 2010.

The decision to ban the equipment was in accordance with  a long-running policy to use equipment on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry (EPEAT) and San Francisco officials hoped Apple would be persuaded.

However, Apple showed no sign of planning to reverse the decision claiming that their products met strict energy efficiency standards and was backed by the US government, while also reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on the Apple website.

An Apple official also said that the giant’s products were environmentally superior in several important areas not measured by the registry including the removal of toxic materials.

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