Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-22
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 http://www.epeat.net/. 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 email@example.com.
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