Purchaser Profile

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State Government
2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 2 Stars

Julia Wolfe

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, and imaging equipment

$81,389,152 (2015)

This language is found in the ITC47 Request for Responses, that was bid October 18, 2011 EPEAT Registered Equipment
• Registration Requirements
All desktops, laptops, and computer monitors provided under this contract are required to have achieved Silver registration or higher under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help large volume purchasers evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, laptops, and monitors based upon their environmental attributes as specified in the consensus-based IEEE Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (1680). The registration criteria and a list of all registered equipment are provided at https://www.epeat.net.
On rare occasions when no EPEAT Silver equipment model meets the special and specific performance requirements set by the Eligible Entity, Awarded Contractors may sell equipment that is not compliant with the requirement above. In this case the Contract must consider EPEAT Bronze equipment for compliance with the Eligible Entity’s needs before considering non-EPEAT registered equipment.
Over the duration of the contract, as new equipment categories are added to EPEAT, the PMT reserves the right to set requirements for equipment in those categories to be EPEAT registered, as well as to specify the required EPEAT registration level and the dates after which non-registered equipment may not be sold.
• Reporting Requirements
For each piece of equipment sold, EPEAT Registration Status (i.e. Bronze, Silver, Gold or Unregistered) must be provided. For CPU + Monitor bundles, monitor model number must be provided in a separate column, and EPEAT Registration Status must be provided separately for the CPU and the monitor. The Operational Services Division will provide Contractors with a reporting spreadsheet template to fulfill this requirement.
• Identification in Online Catalogs
Information on EPEAT Registration Status of applicable equipment is now available through Channel Intelligence, Inc. (www.channelintelligence.com) and CNET Channel (www.cnetchannel.com). Contractors must work with the PMT to achieve the following two goals:
• Make only EPEAT registered equipment visible in web catalogs intended for Massachusetts contract users.
• Display EPEAT Registration Status for all equipment visible in web catalogs intended for Massachusetts contract users.

Over the duration of the contract, the PMT reserves the right to set deadlines for the completion of either or both of these goals.

PLEASE NOTE: For OFF32: Photocopier, Facsimile, Digital Duplicator Equipment and Service; Photocopier, Facsimile, Digital Duplicator, and Printer Supplies EPEAT was not finalized for the equipment, but the guiding principles were incorporated into the RFR.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 110,656 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 7,266 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 200 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 62.9 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 511 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 32 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—61 metric tons


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 nearly 20 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 1,564 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 27.8 metric tons of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of more than 3685 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 2,649 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $1,497,600 in energy cost savings

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