Purchaser Profile

Western Laboratory – USDOJ
Computers & Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones        
US Federal Government
2019 EPEAT Purchaser Report – 3 Stars

2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

2016 EPEAT Purchaser Award – 1 Star

We are utilizing the Federal Electronics Acquisition and Procurement Planning Checklist . We use it prior to purchase of electronic equipment. The following is what we do it to find the most environmentally preferable electronic equipment:

1. Assess the need to purchase new equipment vs. fulfilling the requirement using an alternate method.

2. Assess the possibility of upgrading equipment vs. purchasing new equipment.

3. Assess the possibility of extending a current lease vs. purchasing or leasing new equipment.

4. Require vendors to complete the FEC Product Information Sheet; provide similar information; or provide EPEAT registration, ENERGY STAR® qualification, and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designation product details.

5. Discuss with your current vendors the environmental attributes of the electronic products you currently acquire.

6. Discuss with your current vendors the types of environmentally preferable electronic products they offer.

7. Provide information regarding EPEAT, ENERGY STAR, FEMP and other environmental attributes of electronic products to staff that specify IT requirements.

8. Request that staff responsible for implementing these actions take environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) training.

9. Include ability of vendors to provide EPEAT-registered; ENERGY STAR qualified; and FEMP designated products.

10. Include other environmental attributes in purchasing specifications for products that are not currently registered with EPEAT.

11. Include the ability of vendors to provide products with eco-labels other than EPEAT, ENERGY STAR, and FEMP.

12. Include clause requiring ENERGY STAR® qualified products for all products that have ENERGY STAR specifications.

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the 6 EPEAT registered electronics purchased by DEA Western Laboratory in 2015 will result in environmental impact reductions including:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 621 kg
  • Avoid the disposal of 6 kg of hazardous waste
  • Eliminate 18 kg of municipal solid waste
  • Avoidance of 5 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 1,960 kWh of electricity
  • Reduction of 333 kg of greenhouse gas emissions
  • $202 in lifetime cost savings

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