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On June 24, 2014, DoD, GSA, and NASA issued an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify the requirement for federal agencies to procure EPEAT registered imaging equipment (i.e., copiers, digital duplicators, facsimile machines, mailing machines, multifunction devices, printers, and scanners) and televisions in addition to personal computer products.

The rule adds contract clauses for imaging equipment and televisions that federal purchasers must add to contracts for these products.

Although it is an interim rule and the public has an opportunity to comment, the FAR changes are effective as of June 24, 2014.

Federal Acquisition Regulation; EPEAT Items on The Federal Register web site.

Environmental Attributes to Look For

Procurement Guidance

Recommended Contract Language for the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Sample contract language for procurement of EPEAT-registered products.

ENERGY STAR's Product Purchasing and Computer Power Management for Federal Agencies
Guidance on federal agencies' requirements to purchase energy-efficient products and activate power management settings on their computers.

Electronics Management Guidance

Federal Print Management Template (PDF) (15pp, 265 K, About PDF)
Issued by the Federal Environmental Executive on December 15, 2014, this template provides an example of the type of language federal agencies and other large purchasing organizations can include in a print management policy, directive, memorandum, or guidance. The practices outlined in this document are intended to provide a baseline of best practices in print management which can result in reduced energy, copy paper, and toner use, thereby saving money and reducing impacts on the environment.

Web Resources

EPA Web Sites

EPA's Information on the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
Information about EPEAT and how EPA is involved in its development and use.

Federal Green Challenge
The Federal Green Challenge is a national effort under US EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, challenging EPA and other federal agencies throughout the country to lead by example in reducing the Federal Government's environmental impact.

Supply Chain Sector Spotlight - Center for Corporate Climate Leadership
EPA is seeking to highlight activities to reduce supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the sectoral level. As a first initiative, EPA is featuring the electronics sector, specifically flat panel display suppliers' efforts to reduce F-GHG emissions in flat panel manufacturing.

Design for the Environment (DfE) Electronics Partnership
The DfE program is currently involved in a Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards Partnership. In the past, the DfE program has participated in partnership for lead-free solder, printed wiring board, wire and cable, and computer displays.

Electronics Product Stewardship
Information on EPA and industry efforts to promote electronics product stewardship.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Products
Information about electronic products that meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines.

Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs
The R2 Practices is a set of guidelines for accredited certification programs to assess electronics recyclers' environmental, worker health and safety, and security practices. EPA facilitated a multi-stakeholder group to develop this document, which is currently being used to certify recyclers.

National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship
By implementing the recommendations presented in this National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, developed by an interagency Task Force, the Federal Government will lay the groundwork for improving the design of electronic products and enhancing our management of used or discarded electronics. This Strategy provides a roadmap of how the Federal Government can use its authorities and leverage resources to seize this opportunity.

Moving Sustainable Electronics Forward: An Update to the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (PDF) (25 pp, 1.47M, About PDF). August 2014 update on the progress accomplished on establishing a truly sustainable electronics stewardship strategy under the2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (NSES), this report serves to increase the awareness of the importance of electronics stewardship and recognize the opportunities and challenges created by the exponential growth of electronics in the US.

Other Government Web Sites

Energy Efficient Product Procurement
Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) purchasing specifications for energy-efficient products. Information about electronic products that meet FEMP's energy efficiency guidelines.

GSA's Green Purchasing Compilation Tool
This tool identifies the federal green purchasing requirements for all products and services, including electronic products. This is the tool's "office electronics" aisle, which covers electricity-consuming products commonly used in an office environment, such as computers and imaging equipment. Products in this category may also apply to the acquisition of electronic leasing, construction, and meeting and conference services.

Federal Acquisition Requirements - Compliant Products Lists. This document outlines the green purchasing requirements for electronic products – including EPEAT registered, Energy Star qualified, and FEMP designated.

Other Web Sites

State Electronics Challenge
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) encourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to responsibly manage office equipment. The SEC provides resources to assist organizations in the public sector, as well as private schools and colleges, who sign up as “Partners” to become leaders and address the challenges posed by electronics.

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