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Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a global ecolabel for the IT sector. EPEAT helps purchasers, manufacturers, resellers, and others buy and sell environmentally preferable electronic products.

Subpart 23.7 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requires federal agencies to procure environmentally sustainable electronic products.

EPEAT was developed using a grant from EPA and is owned and managed by the Global Electronics Council (GEC)Exit. GEC maintains EPEAT's website, product registry and calculators that document the cost savings and environmental impact reductions resulting from purchasing EPEAT-registered products. EPEAT-registered products must meet environmental performance criteria that address: materials selection, supply chain greenhouse gas emissions reduction, design for circularity and product longevity, energy conservation, end-of-life management and corporate performance.

EPEAT currently covers the following product categories:

  • Computers & Displays
  • Imaging Equipment
  • Mobile Phones
  • Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters (PVMI)
  • Televisions
  • Servers

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Requirements for Federal Agencies to Procure EPEAT-Registered Products

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), subpart 23.704, requires that 95% of all electronic product acquisitions be EPEAT-registered products. 

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 Training Slides for Federal Agencies

Contract Language for Procuring or Leasing EPEAT-Registered Products

Language that is required to be added to all federal contracts resulting in the purchase or lease of computers, servers, televisions, imaging equipment, mobile phones and any other electronic products that are EPEAT-registered per the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) subpart 23.704.

(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."

Quarterly report sample in a matrix providing fiscal year, and the duration of the contract.

Calculators to Document Cost and Environmental Benefits of Purchasing EPEAT-Registered Products

The electronics benefits calculatorsExitwere developed to assist organizations in estimating the cost and environmental benefits of greening their purchase, use, and disposal of electronic products. The calculators help measure and report the benefits gained from purchasing electronic products covered by the EPEAT ecolabel. They also contain features for calculating environmental benefits from extending the life of a product, reuse, donation or recycling of the product at the end of life.  

In 2018, The Green Electronics Council (GEC) developed benefits calculators for mobile phones, servers, and computers and displays (purchased 2019 or later) and they now maintain the EPA developed calculators for imaging equipment, televisions, and computers and displays (purchased before 2019). Please visit GEC's Benefits CalculatorExitwebsite to gain access to these calculators. If you would like to calculate the benefits from computer & display products purchased before 2019, please contact PurchaserResouces@greenelectronicscouncil.org.

Resources

Data Sources and Java Code Referenced in the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
This page includes all the data sources and Java Code referenced in the 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.