Purchaser Profile

Idaho Treatment Group, US Department of Energy

     

Federal Government

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 2 Stars

Evan Roberts

Idaho Treatment Group purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, and imaging equipment.

$103,133 (2015)

2015

We self select all of our EPEAT registered electronics and imaging equipment. We do not rely on the vendor to pick EPEAT equipment for us. DOE requires us to purchase EPEAT products through FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) 52.223.17. This is reflected in our purchasing policy.

Purchasing Policy language related to EPEAT:

Ensure requisition is compliant with initiatives that are current as of the subcontract award date.
The initiatives important to these Orders are explained on the following Government or Industrial Internet Sites:
Environmentally preferable and energy efficient electronics including desktop computers, laptops, and monitors at https://www.epeat.net the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) the Green Electronic Council site.

The Plant Automation/Information Technology (PAIT) manager will ensure that requirements for computer products are IPv6 compliant and conform to Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Ensure requisition furnishes (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.
For information about the standard, see www.epeat.net.

Ensure requisition is compliant with initiatives that are current as of the subcontract award date.
The initiatives important to these Orders are explained on the following Government or Industrial Internet Sites:

Environmentally preferable and energy efficient electronics including desktop computers, laptops, and monitors ate at https://www.epeat.net the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) the Green Electronic Council site

FAR 52.223.17 is referenced in our purchasing policy.

(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.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 197 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Idaho Treatment Group in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 13.9 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 3 elephants
  • Avoid the disposal of 120 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 1 refrigerator
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. households’ solid waste for 1 month—159 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 38,400 kWh of electricity—enough to power 3 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 60 kg of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of 7 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 5 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $2,982 in energy cost savings

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