Purchaser Profile

McGill University
Higher Education
2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

Stephanie H. Leclerc

McGill University purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, imaging equipment, and televisions.

$1,591,654 (2015)

McGill has an IT Asset Management Regulation which mandates the purchasing of environmentally preferable electronics.
Here is the link to our Regulation: https://www.mcgill.ca/procurement/files/procurement/mcgill_it-asset_reg.pdf

1. McGill University has adopted EPEAT Gold as a Mimimum Standard Requirement for its institutional desktops, laptops and displays, since 2014. The University also applies this to tablets since 2016. See Minimum Standard requirements here: https://kb.mcgill.ca/#tab:homeTab:crumb:8:artId:5178:src:article

Language in latest RFP: “McGill University has adopted EPEAT Gold as a standard for its purchases destined for internal use and seeks to purchase IT products manufactured by OEMs who are active members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI). Moreover, the McGill Computer Store aims to provide EPEAT Silver or Gold registered products for resell purposes.”

2. McGill University has adopted EPEAT Silver as a Minimum Standard Requirement for its institutional desktop printers since January 2016. See Minimum Standard Requirements here: https://kb.mcgill.ca/#tab:homeTab:crumb:8:artId:5178:src:article
There are no RFPs for desktop printers (because of small numbers being purchased) but individuals are required (through specific purchasing procedures) to purchase their equipment from the McGill Computer Store. The McGill Computer Store upholds the obligation to purchase EPEAT Silver (or Gold) certified printers,only, when people are purchasing with University funds.

3. McGill University applies EPEAT criteria to other electronic equipment, with each Call for Tenders (RFPs). In 2015, McGill was purchasing new televisions for student residences. The Call for Tenders Clause for Televisions, in French: “Les téléviseurs doivent être certifies EPEAT” (The televisions must be EPEAT certified). Then, in the contract, two Samsung models were specified and these were EPEAT Silver certified (HG40ND690DF and HG48ND690DF). Forthcoming RFP for televisions, in May 2016 will specify EPEAT Silver as a requirement.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 1,882 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by McGill University in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 124.1 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 3 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 1,077 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 9 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. households’ solid waste for 7 months—1,108 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 342,000 kWh of electricity—enough to power 27 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 480 kg of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of 63.1 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 45 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $25,980 in energy cost savings

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