Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
- What is EPEAT?
- Requirements for Federal Agencies to Procure EPEAT Registered Products
- Training to Help Federal Agencies Meet Their Requirement to Procure EPEAT Registered Products
- Contract Language for Procuring or Leasing EPEAT Registered Products
- Leading the Way: Samples of Federal Agency Policies Etc. to Spur Procurement of EPEAT Registered Products
- Measuring the Environmental Benefits of Procuring or Leasing EPEAT Registered Products
- Related Programs
- How Buying EPEAT Registered Products Helps Meet EPA's Strategic Goals
What is EPEAT?
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 the EPEAT web site and the EPEAT product registry , and documents the environmental benefits resulting from the purchase of EPEAT-registered products. EPA no longer provides financial assistance to GEC for the maintenance of the EPEAT product registry and web site.
EPEAT registers products that meet the following environmental performance standards set via voluntary consensus based processes by ANSI accredited standards development organizations:
- IEEE 1680.1-2009 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products
- IEEE 1680.2-2012 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment
- IEEE 1680.3-2012 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Televisions
To get a copy of any of these standards visit the IEEE Standards Store
All of these standards include environmental performance criteria for:
- Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive material
- Materials selection
- Design for end of life
- Product longevity/life-cycle extension
- Energy conservation
- End-of-life management
- Corporate performance
Some of these standards have additional sets of environmental performance criteria relevant to the product the standard is covering. For example, the IEEE 1680.2-2012 Standard also has criteria for consumables and indoor air quality.
Products meeting all of the required criteria in these standards can be EPEAT Bronze Registered. Products meeting all of the required criteria and 50% of the optional criteria can be EPEAT Silver Registered. And products meeting all of the required criteria and 75% of the optional criteria can be EPEAT Gold Registered.
The EPEAT registry currently lists computer desktops, notebooks, integrated systems, thin clients, workstations, displays, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, multifunction devices, digital duplicators and mailing machines that meet the requirements of the standards selected by the EPEAT system.
Requirements for Federal Agencies to Procure EPEAT Registered Products
Executive Order 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance," signed by President Obama in 2009, requires federal agencies to acquire EPEAT-registered electronics.
Executive Order 13423, signed by former President Bush in 2007, also requires federal acquisition of EPEAT-registered electronics. Executive Order 13423 was not revoked by Executive Order 13514, and remains in effect.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provides regulations requiring the acquisition of EPEAT-registered products, consistent with the Executive Orders and public law referenced above.
The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (PDF) (34 pp, 559K, About PDF), developed by the Interagency Task Force, was issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality July 20, 2011. 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 (PDF) (26 pp, 370 K, About PDF)
Earn CEU credits by watching ALS: It IS Easy Being Green, the Federal Acquisition Institute recorded webinar, which includes training on how to procure EPEAT registered imaging equipment and televisions.
Contract Language for Procuring or Leasing EPEAT Registered Products
Required Contract Clause for Procuring EPEAT Registered Computer Desktops, Laptops, and Monitors
FAR Subpart 52.223-16 IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products.
As prescribed in 23.705(b)(1), insert the following clause:
"IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (Dec 2007)
(b) Under this contract, the Contractor shall deliver, furnish for Government use, or furnish for contractor use at a Government-owned facility, only personal computer products that at the time of submission of proposals were EPEAT Bronze registered or higher. Bronze is the first level discussed in clause 1.4 of the IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products.
(c) For information about the standard, see www.epeat.net."
(End of clause)
Alternate I (Dec 2007). As prescribed in 23.705(b)(2), 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 Government-owned facility, only personal computer products that at the time of submission of proposals were EPEAT Silver registered or higher. Silver is the second level discussed in clause 1.4 of the IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products.
Recommended Contract Clauses for Procuring EPEAT Registered Imaging Equipment or Televisions
"Under this contract, the Contractor shall deliver, furnish for Government use, or furnish for contractor use at a federally controlled facility, only imaging equipment and/or televisions that at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award were EPEAT Bronze registered or higher.
For information about EPEAT, see www.epa.gov/epeat."
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."
Leading the Way: Samples of Federal Agency Policies to Spur Procurement of EPEAT Registered Products
Veteran Affairs' Acquisition Policy Flash! 13-16: Contracting for Environmentally Preferable Products and Services - Informs the VA Acquisition Workforce of new EPEAT registered products that allow the VA to meet Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 23.7 and Executive Order (EO) 13514.
Measuring the Environmental Benefits of Procuring or Leasing EPEAT Registered Products
The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator can quantify the benefits gained by purchasing EPEAT-registered electronics. Enter the number of EPEAT-registered products purchased, and the calculator tallies energy and money savings, as well as reductions in toxic substances, hazardous waste generated, and similar benefits.
The calculator can also quantify the benefits of making improvements in equipment operation and end-of-life management practices.
For more information on programs related closely to EPEAT and other EPA electronics efforts, please see EPP's electronics page.
How Procuring EPEAT Registered Products Helps Meet EPA's Strategic Goals
EPA was mandated by Executive Order in 1992 to help federal agencies identify and procure greener products and services. EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program focuses on products and services which federal purchasers procure and for which there are opportunities to reduce public health and environmental impacts. EPA has been engaged in the development of electronic product environmental performance standards and in helping federal purchasers procure products meeting these standards (also known as EPEAT registered) since 2004.
EPA's support of the development and use of EPEAT is linked to specific objectives in EPA's Strategic Plan: to conserve and protect natural resources by promoting pollution prevention and the adoption of other stewardship practices by companies, communities, governmental organizations and individuals.
Use of EPEAT is also helping other federal agencies meet their numeric targets for sustainable acquisition.