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Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-22

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2017 EPEAT® Purchaser Award

Purpose:  To inform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acquisition workforce of VA’s receipt of a 2017 EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Purchaser Award for excellence in the procurement of sustainable electronics.

Dated:  June 14, 2017

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Sections Impacted:  FAR Subpart 23.7, Contracting for Environmentally Preferable Products and Services, and FAR Subpart 52.2, Text of Provisions and Clauses

Executive Order (EO) Driver:  EO 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.

Background:  For the third consecutive year, VA is a “Three-Star” award winner of an EPEAT® Purchaser Award for procurements made in each of the three product categories covered by EPEAT® standards:  Personal Computers and Displays, Imaging Equipment, and Televisions.  Award criteria include having an organizational purchasing policy for environmentally preferable electronics and contract language requiring products to meet EPEAT® standards.

EPEAT® (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a comprehensive rating system that helps purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select items in the above-named product categories based on environmental and energy attributes that address the full product lifecycle.  The EPEAT® Purchaser Awards program is sponsored by the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a non-profit organization which administers the EPEAT® product registry.

GEC estimates that EPEAT®-registered electronics purchased by VA during fiscal year 2016 will result in significant environmental impact reductions over their lifetime, as compared to products that do not meet EPEAT® criteria.  These include:

  • Reduced use of primary materials by 36,913 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 1,017 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers;
  • Avoided disposal of more than 239 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 1,945 refrigerators;
  • Elimination of the equivalent of more than 752 U.S. households’ annual solid waste – 1,406 metric tons.

Additionally, EPEAT®’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 104.9 million kWh of electricity – enough to power 8,211 U.S. homes for a year;
  • Reduction of 17,656 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to taking 12,694 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year;
  • $10,891,010 in lifetime cost savings.

For more information, visit  To see how the positive impacts of VA’s leadership in purchasing sustainable electronics have grown since FY 2015, see Acquisition Policy Flash! 16-18 and Acquisition Policy Flash! 15-14.

Applicability:  This notice conveys appreciation to all VA personnel involved in the acquisition of EPEAT®-registered electronic products.

Action Required:  None

Additional Information:  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at (202) 632-5288 or