To the surprise of many, not only has Apple has returned to EPEAT, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, widely thought to be the reason for the company’s departure from the green rating, has achieved the highest rating of a Gold label.

The reason for the surprise is that the battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is fixed to the aluminium frame in such a way that it cannot be removed, and that means that the laptop can’t be easily dismantled by recyclers. 

Electronics TakeBack Coalition national coordinator Barbara Kyle wrote on the organisation’s website: "We seriously doubt that these MacBooks should qualify for EPEAT at any level because we think they flunk two required criteria in the 'Design for End of Life' section of the standard.”

The Apple’s Retina display MacBook model fails to achieve the following criteria, according to Kyle:

- External enclosures shall be easily removable by one person alone with commonly available tools – the battery is glued into the case with industrial strength glue.

- Identification and removal of components containing hazardous materials – you must be able to remove the battery… and you can’t

So how has Apple achieved this gold rating? According to Kyle, Apple has awarded itself the rating, not EPEAT, and EPEAT will be conducting a review of this grading.

“That EPEAT review has not yet occurred. They can require the manufacturers to remove any product from the registry if it is not found to conform to the IEEE standard," explained Kyle, adding: "Apple is often a design leader in electronics, but they really blew it here."

She concluded: “We hope Apple’s next version of this Mac Book Pro comes with a removable battery.”

Apparently the MacBook Pro with Retina display wasn’t the reason why Apple withdrew from EPEAT, according to Investor Village, there is an annual fee for getting on the registry and this was due on 1 July, notes Fortune. 

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