Purchaser Profile

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

     

Federal Government

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

Hanh Kent

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, imaging equipment, and televisions.

$1.5 million (2015)

ARTICLE # – ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

In the performance of this Subcontract, the Subcontractor shall specify, furnish, and use environmentally preferable products and services (i.e., products and services with a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment), to the maximum possible extent consistent with the Subcontract requirements and the intended end use of the products or services. Information on environmentally preferable products and services is available at: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/.

A. General. In the performance of this Subcontract, the Subcontractor shall specify, furnish, and use environmentally preferable products and services (i.e., products and services with a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment), to the maximum possible extent consistent with the Subcontract requirements and the intended end use of the products or services. Information on environmentally preferable products and services is available at: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/.

B. EPA-Designated Items
The Subcontractor shall specify, furnish, and use products containing recovered materials that are EPA-designated items if they can be acquired (1) competitively within a timeframe providing for compliance with the Subcontract performance schedule; (2) meeting Subcontract performance requirements; or (3) at a reasonable price.
“EPA-designated item” means a product that is or can be made with recovered material. The product categories include: building and construction, carpets, cleaning, electronics, fleets, food services, landscaping, meetings and conferences, office supplies, and paper. They are listed by the EPA in a comprehensive procurement guideline at 40 CFR Part 247 and http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/tools/cpg/products/index.htm, and the EPA has provided purchasing recommendations in related Recovered Materials Advisory Notices (RMANs), available at http://www.epa.gov/wastes/conserve/tools/cpg/resources.htm#recovered.
“Recovered material” means waste materials and by-products recovered or diverted from solid waste, excluding materials and by-products reused within an original manufacturing process.
If this Subcontract exceeds $100,000, the Subcontractor shall, within 30 days of completion of the Subcontract, submit a report to the University Procurement Representative and Requester [OR, select University Technical Representative as instructed above] University Technical Representative on any EPA-designated item(s) delivered or furnished and used in performance of the Subcontract, consisting of the following:
1. The total dollars spent for the EPA-designated item(s), and
2. An estimated percentage of the total recovered material in the EPA-designated item(s), including, if available, the percentage of post-consumer material content (i.e., material used as a consumer item and discarded for disposal or recovery).
If EPA-designated item(s) were available but not delivered or furnished and used, the Subcontractor shall provide a written explanation, based on the reasons listed above.

C. Energy-Consuming Products
The Subcontractor shall ensure that energy-consuming products are energy efficient products if the products are: (1) delivered to the University hereunder; (2) acquired by the Subcontractor for use in performing services at an LBNL facility; (3) furnished by the Subcontractor for use by the University; or (4) specified in the design of a building or work, or incorporated during its construction, renovation, or maintenance. “Energy efficient product” means a product that (i) meets the criteria for use of the Energy Star trademark label, or (ii) is in the upper 25 percent of efficiency for all similar products as designated by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).
This requirement applies unless: (1) the energy-consuming product is not listed on the following ENERGY STAR® Program or FEMP web sites, or (2) otherwise approved in writing by the University Procurement Representative.
ENERGY STAR®: http://www.energystar.gov/products
FEMP: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/procuring_eeproducts.html

D. Biobased Products
The Subcontractor shall make maximum use of biobased products that are U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated items unless the product (1) cannot be acquired: (a) competitively within a time frame providing for compliance with the Subcontract performance schedule, (b) meeting the Subcontract performance requirements, or (c) at a reasonable price; or (2) is otherwise exempt per 7 CFR 2902.10, et seq.

A biobased product is a product determined by the USDA to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products, including renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials. Biobased products include building materials, construction and road maintenance materials, furniture and furnishings, houseware and cleaning supplies, industrial supplies, landscaping and agriculture materials, office supplies, personal care items, and outdoor gear.

A catalog of biobased products is available at:

http://www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/faces/catalog/Catalog.xhtml.

E. Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The Subcontractor shall only furnish to the University, or acquire for use at federally-controlled facility, imaging equipment, televisions and personal computer products, as defined in FAR 52.223-13, -14 and -16, under this Subcontract that are EPEAT Bronze registered or higher. EPEAT Bronze is the first level specified in clause 1.4 of the IEEE 1680 Family of Standards for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For information about the standard, see www.epa.gov/epeat.

The Subcontractor shall submit quarterly EPEAT reports by the 15th of January, April, July and October, and annual reports by October 15 in a format approved by the University Procurement Representative. The reports must be in a format approved by the University Procurement Representative. These reports shall contain a list purchases of electronic products categories that are covered by EPEAT program—whether they are granted EPEAT Gold, Silver, or Bronze status or not. The searchable EPEAT registry can be found online here: http://ww2.epeat.net/searchoptions.aspx.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 1,277 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 83.3 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 2 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 719 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 6 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. households’ solid waste for 4 months—670 kg

 

Energy-Related Savings
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 227,900 kWh of electricity—enough to power 18 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 309 kg of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of 42.3 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 30 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $17,160 in energy cost savings

*EPEAT Purchasing Tier indicates how many EPEAT categories are specified in the organization's purchasing agreements