Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is an easy-to-use resource for purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others wanting to find or promote electronic products with positive environmental attributes.
EPEAT was developed using a grant from EPA and is managed by the Green Electronics Council (GEC). GEC maintains EPEAT's website and product registry and has also developed some environmental benefits calculators to document the results from purchasing EPEAT-registered products.
EPEAT registered products must meet environmental performance criteria that address: materials selection, design for product longevity, reuse and recycling, energy conservation, end-of-life management and corporate performance.
Requirements for federal agencies to procure EPEAT-registered products
Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs federal agencies to "ensure procurement preference for environmentally sustainable electronics.…" Read the Executive Order.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides regulations requiring the acquisition of EPEAT-registered products. Read subpart 23.7 of the regulation.
OMB Memo on Improving Acquisition of Common Information Technology: Laptops and Desktops (PDF) (7 pp,4 M, About PDF). This memo directs federal agencies to ensure that at least 80 percent of their laptop and desktop acquisitions are one of the five standard configurations. All configurations are ENERGY STAR certified and EPEAT registered.
EPEAT clarification issued by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive on October 31, 2014 (PDF) (1 pp, 541 K, About PDF) regarding expansion to cover slates and tablets.
The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship was issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality July 20, 2011 and was updated in 2014.
The strategy directs EPA to:
- Establish multi-stakeholder groups to accelerate development of and investment in green electronics design standards.
- Promote purchasing of green electronics that are certified as meeting stringent environmental performance criteria that address environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle of the products.
- Ensure expansion of quality green electronics certification programs, including EPEAT to consider environmental impacts across entire product lifecycles and to cover additional types of electronics.
Training to help federal agencies meet their requirement to procure EPEAT-registered products
Guidance on Purchasing EPEAT-Registered Products. Updated October 2018.
Earn continuing education unit credits by watching It IS Easy Being Green, the Federal Acquisition Institute recorded webinar, which includes training on how to procure EPEAT-registered imaging equipment and televisions. Watch the webinar now.
Contract language for procuring or leasing EPEAT-registered products
Language that is required to be added to contracts for the purchase of EPEAT-registered electronic products per the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) subpart 23.703. Read the FAR regulation.
(b) Under this contract, the contractor shall deliver, furnish for government use, or furnish for contractor use at a federally controlled facility, (only personal computer products, televisions or imaging equipment that), at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award, were EPEAT bronze-registered or higher.
Alternate I (Jun 2014): substitute the following paragraph (b) for paragraph (b) of the basic clause:
(b) Under this contract, the Contractor shall deliver, furnish for Government use, or furnish for contractor use at a Federally controlled facility, (only personal computer products, televisions or imaging equipment that), at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award, were EPEAT silver-registered or gold-registered.
Recommended contract clauses for all EPEAT-registered product categories
"Suppliers are required to block non-EPEAT-registered products on their electronic catalogs that customers may buy from through this contract".
"Suppliers are required to provide quarterly reports quantifying the number of EPEAT-registered products purchased under this contract. The information must be reported in a matrix providing the following data for the current quarter, the fiscal year, and the duration of the contract."
This page has sample acquisition policies of several federal agencies that require the purchase of EPEAT-registered products.
Department Of Energy
The Department Of Energy Acquisition Regulation (PDF) (497 pp, 3.36M, About PDF) and Department of Energy Acquisition Guide (PDF)(33 pp, 331 K, About PDF).
Department of Veterans Affairs
Acquisition Policy Flash! 16-19: Contracting for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Registered Products. The purpose of this Acquisition Policy Flash is to reaffirm for the VA Acquisition workforce requirements to procure EPEAT®-registered electronics per Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 23, Executive Order (E.O.) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, and the Implementing Instructions for E.O. 13693.
Sample Policy and Guidance Language for Purchasing Green Electronics. The policy language in this document is provided as an example of the type of language your organization can include in a sustainable acquisition policy, directive, memorandum, or guidance.
Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC)
The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculators (EEBC) were developed to assist organizations in estimating the environmental benefits of greening their purchase, use, and disposal of electronics.
The calculators estimate the environmental and economic benefits of:
- Purchasing Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered products
- Enabling power management features on computers and monitors above default percentages
- Extending the life of equipment beyond baseline values
- Reusing computers, monitors, imaging equipment, televisions and cell phones
- Recycling computers, monitors, imaging equipment, televisions, cell phones and loads of mixed electronic products, and more!
Using the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Computers (purchased before 2019), Imaging Equipment, and TV calculators.
Green Electronics Council’s User Guide for EPEAT Benefits Calculator
This document is a user guide for the Computers (purchased 2019 or later), mobile phones, and servers calculators.
Data Sources and Java Code Referenced in the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
This page includes all the data sources and Java Code referenced for computers (purchased before 2019), imaging equipment and televisions calculators.These data sources provide explanations for baseline assumptions and for calculating the results by individual criterion. This page also provides the data used to calculate the bronze, silver and gold EPEAT levels. Life Cycle Assessment data can also be found here. Last updated December 28, 2017.