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For Immediate Release

Joseph Brill

518-474-5987 | joseph.brill@ogs.ny.gov

 

July 30, 2021

OGS WINS FIFTH NATIONAL GREEN AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS PROCUREMENT

State Contract Users Saved $33.1M by Buying Qualifying Products

New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced that OGS has received a 2021 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) award for excellence in sustainable electronics procurement by the Green Electronics Council. The winners were recently announced at a virtual event.

EPEAT is a free and trusted source of environmental product rating system that makes it easier for buyers to select high-performance electronics that support their organization’s information technology (IT) and sustainability goals. Purchasing EPEAT-rated equipment helps reduce hazardous and solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
“Governor Cuomo has made green and sustainable initiatives a priority for state agencies, and we at OGS are pleased that for the fifth year in a row, the Green Electronics Council is recognizing our efforts to encourage the purchase of EPEAT-registered IT products,” Commissioner Destito said. “The purchase of these IT products on state contract in 2019-20 will help avoid the disposal of 1,323 metric tons of solid waste. It will also result in savings of 65,800 MWh of electricity, which is enough to power 5,420 U.S. households for a year.”
 
Since 2008, OGS has included a requirement in its aggregate computer buy that all desktops, notebooks, and tablets meet EPEAT requirements. An aggregate buy is how New York State uses its buying power to get the best final pricing for items sold on state contracts and purchased in bulk by state agencies, local governments, schools, and nonprofits. More than 24,000 computers and displays were purchased between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, the period covered by the award. During that time, purchasers received a 52 percent discount off state contract prices on average, saving them approximately $33.1 million.
 
The EPEAT rating system began in 2003 with a stakeholder process convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has grown to become the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT has tracked more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries.

 

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