Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a global ecolabel for the IT sector. EPEAT helps purchasers, manufacturers, resellers, and others buy and sell environmentally preferable electronic products.
EPEAT was developed using a grant from EPA and is owned and managed by the Green Electronics Council (GEC)Exit. GEC maintains EPEAT's website, product registry and calculators that document the cost savings and environmental impact reductions resulting from purchasing EPEAT-registered products. EPEAT-registered products must meet environmental performance criteria that address: materials selection, supply chain greenhouse gas emissions reduction, design for circularity and product longevity, energy conservation, end-of-life management and corporate performance.
EPEAT currently covers the following product categories:
- Computers & Displays
- Imaging Equipment
- Mobile Phones
- Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters (PVMI)
On this page:
- Requirements for federal agencies to procure EPEAT-registered products
- EPEAT training slides for federal agencies
- Contract language for procuring or leasing EPEAT-registered products
- Calculators to document cost and environmental benefits of purchasing EPEAT-registered products
Executive Order 13834, Efficient Federal Operations, directs federal agencies to "Acquire, use, and dispose of products and services, including electronics, in accordance with statutory mandates for purchasing preference, Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements, and other applicable Federal procurement policies."
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), subpart 23.704, also requires that 95% of all electronic product aquisitions be EPEAT-registered products.
OMB Memo on Improving Acquisition of Common Information Technology: Laptops and Desktops (PDF) (7 pp,4 M, About PDF). This memo directs federal agencies to ensure that at least 80 percent of their laptop and desktop acquisitions are one of the five standard configurations. All configurations are ENERGY STAR certified and EPEAT-registered.
- Guidance on Purchasing EPEAT-Registered Products (Updated October 2020)
Language that is required to be added to all federal contracts resulting in the purchase or lease of computers, servers, televisions, imaging equipment, mobile phones and any other electronic products that are EPEAT-registered per the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) subpart 23.704.
(b) Under this contract, the contractor shall deliver, furnish for government use, or furnish for contractor use at a federally controlled facility, (only personal computer products, televisions or imaging equipment that), at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award, were EPEAT bronze-registered or higher.
Alternate I (Jun 2014): 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 Federally controlled facility, (only personal computer products, televisions or imaging equipment that), at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award, were EPEAT silver-registered or gold-registered.
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."
The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculators (EEBC) were developed to assist organizations in estimating the environmental benefits of greening their purchase, use, and disposal of electronics.
The calculators estimate the environmental and economic benefits of:
- Purchasing Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered products
- Enabling power management features on computers and monitors above default percentages
- Extending the life of equipment beyond baseline values
- Reusing computers, monitors, imaging equipment, televisions and cell phones
- Recycling computers, monitors, imaging equipment, televisions, cell phones and loads of mixed electronic products, and more!
Using the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Computers (purchased before 2019), Imaging Equipment, and TV calculators.
Green Electronics Council’s User Guide for EPEAT Benefits CalculatorExit
This document is a user guide for the Computers (purchased 2019 or later), mobile phones, and servers calculators.
Data Sources and Java Code Referenced in the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator
This page includes all the data sources and Java Code referenced for computers (purchased before 2019), imaging equipment and televisions calculators.These data sources provide explanations for baseline assumptions and for calculating the results by individual criterion. This page also provides the data used to calculate the bronze, silver and gold EPEAT levels. Life Cycle Assessment data can also be found here. Last updated December 28, 2017.