Purchaser Profile

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Computers & Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, Televisions        
US Federal Government

2019 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 5 Stars

2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 4 Stars

2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 1,918 EPEAT-registered IT products purchased by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2018 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 83 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 16 elephants
  • Avoid the disposal of 0.7 metric tons of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 6 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 2 U.S. households’ solid waste for a year—3.7 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 0.4 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 390 MWh of electricity—enough to power 32 U.S. households for a year
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 198 metric tons of CO2 equivalents—equal to taking 42.4 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $32,660 in lifetime cost savings
EPEAT Language

Computers must meet strict energy use guidelines in three distinct operating modes: standby, sleep mode, and while in use. In order to meet the criterion outlined by ENERGY STAR 6.1, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s initiative to implement the changes called for in Executive Order 13423 (PDF), and in Executive Order 13514 (PDF), NREL is fully utilizing the energy efficiency features of these devices, all computers are imaged by the Office of the CIO to turn off the display after five minutes of inactivity and set the hard drive into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity.

$3,113,999 (2018)