Purchaser Profile

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, US Department of Energy
Federal Government
2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 3 Stars

Leanna Meyer

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory purchases EPEAT-registered computers, displays, imaging equipment, and televisions.

$1,500,000 (2015)

PPPL Procurement Policies & Procedure Manual

Purchase of Imaging Equipment and Televisions
Imaging equipment and televisions are considered Commercial Items and are purchased or leased accordingly. “Imaging equipment” means a copier, digital duplicator, facsimile machine, mailing machine, multifunction device (MFD), printer,or scanner. A “television” or “TV” means
a commercially available electronic product designed primarily for the reception and display of audiovisual signals received from terrestrial, cable, satellite, Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), or other digital or analog sources. A TV consists of a tuner/receiver and a display encased in a
single enclosure. The product usually relies upon a cathode-ray tube (CRT), liquid crystal display (LCD), plasma display, or other display technology. Televisions with computer capability (e.g., computer input port) may be considered to be a TV as long as they are marketed and sold to consumers primarily as televisions. All imaging equipment and televisions or TVs purchased for use at a DOE facility must be
EPEAT® bronze – registered or higher at the time of submission of proposals and at the time of award, Information on EPEAT-registered imaging equipment is available at www.epa.gov/epeat.
Site Wide Policy: P-082 Environmental Preferred Products (EPP)

Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP)

Products that have a reduced negative effect or increased positive effect on human health and the environment when compared with
competing products that serve the same purpose. This comparison may take into consideration raw materials acquisition, production, fabrication, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the product. EPP
includes, but is not limited to:
• EPA designated recycled content, recyclable and reusable products,
• USDA designated biobased, non-toxic materials or less toxic materials,
• ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT™ registered electronic products,
• WaterSense® labeled and other water efficient products,
• FEMP designated products, and
• Products from EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guide an other Federal guides, available online at


PPPL P-Card Purchasing Manual

a) Computer Systems: Desktops, notebooks, laptops, servers, workstations and other computers with stand alone CPUs OR a configured system comprised of a CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and/or other peripherals. These items must meet EPEAT product rating criteria.
Computer Systems can only be purchased with the PCard by the following specially designated Cardholders.

h) Monitor Purchases.
Cardholders who wish to purchase a standalone computer monitor should check the following website to make sure it is EPEAT compliant.
https://www.epeat.net/ There is no preference for rating levels such as Gold, Silver or Bronze.
EPEAT compliant units of any level are acceptable for purchase.

k) Electronic Equipment.
All electronic equipment purchases must be tracked by Environmental Services for sustainable acquisition reporting purposes. It is imperative that all electronic equipment purchases must be listed on the EPEAT site and must be logged as such under the PCard log review tab.

f) Electronic Equipment.
All electronic equipment purchases must be tracked by Environmental Services for sustainable acquisition reporting
purposes. It is imperative that all electronic equipment purchases must be EPEAT registered products, and must be logged as such under the PCard log review tab. The following items will need to be tracked:
1. Desktop computers
2. Network Printers- (MFD) Multifunction Devices
3. Laptops
4. Televisions
5. Monitors
6. Fax Machines
7. Desktop Printers
8. Scanners
See the EPEAT Registry Search Website at:
https://ww2.epeat.net/searchoptions.aspx. Regardless of the method of procurement, these types of items must be tracked and, therefore,
Environmental Services must be notified in advance of delivery when electronic equipment is purchased.

Please note: Tablets will be added to the May 2015 Revision of P-Card Manual.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 418 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in 2016 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 52.9 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 1.5 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Avoid the disposal of 358 kg of hazardous waste, equal to the weight of 3 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of one U.S. household’s solid waste for 10 months—1.5 metric tons
  • Avoidance of 234 kg of water pollutant emissions

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 149,360 kWh of electricity—enough to power 12 U.S. homes for a year
  • Reduction of 25.8 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking 18.5 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year
  • $15,321 in lifetime cost savings

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