Purchaser Profile

Government of Canada
National Government
2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

Ian Kirk, Manager (819) 956-8354

Request for Volume Discounts for multiple contracts: Informatics Technical Services (ITS), Informatics and Telecommunications Systems Procurement (ITSP), Services and Technology Acquisitions Management, Public Works & Government Services Canada (PWGSC).


128,400,000 Cdn. (2016)


(a) In support of the Canadian Federal Government’s Sustainable Development Strategy, which includes policies on Green Procurement, the system manufacturers must commit to a comprehensive, nationally recognised environmental standard for:
(i) The reduction or elimination of environmentally hazardous materials
(ii) Design for reuse and recycling
(iii) Energy efficiency
(iv) End of Life Management for reuse and recycling
(v) Environmental stewardship in the manufacturing process
(vi) Packaging
(b) All desktop, monitors and mobile devices must be certified through the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Gold level.
(c) In addition to the mandatory EPEAT Gold certification, the OEM must comply and be verified for Third-party certified environmental management system for design and manufacturing organizations.
(d) Notebooks must be Energy Star 5.2 certified as per the mandatory requirements of EPEAT.
(e) In addition to the EPEAT levels specified all desktop system manufacturer must include 80Plus, Gold level certified, high efficiency power supplies in their default offering.
(f) All monitors must have a user detection sensor. This system switches the monitor into a low power or off state once the user is out of range (e.g. not directly in front).
(g) All monitors must be TCO Development Display 05 certified.
(h) When requested, all NMSO (National Master Standing Offer) suppliers must ship their products using bulk packaging. That packaging must conform to the CGSB (Canadian Government Standards Board) standard, CGSB-43.168-2014.
(i) The system manufacturer must be a member in good standing of a recognized entity specifically established to address end-of-life electronics recycling and reuse in Canada. This entity must demonstrate an investment in environmental stewardship, and must be in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
(j) In pursuit of responsible supply chain management the WTD (Workplace Technology Device) NMSO (National Master Standing Offer) Benchmark Testing process, preference will be shown to those manufacturers who are a member in good standing with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition.
(k) Through the process described above preference will be shown to those manufacturers who publish their environmental stewardship levels through an ECMA-370 Eco Declaration.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 44,100 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Shared Services Canada in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 2,660 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 73
    tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 21.9 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of  178 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 25 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year—47.6 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 12.2 metric tons of water pollutant emissions

Energy-Related Savings
EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet, and often exceed, the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 7.5 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 583 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 1,330 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 956 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $769,000 in lifetime cost savings

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