Kaiser, McKesson Among Winners of EPEAT Green Electronics Champions Award

Kaiser, McKesson Among Winners of EPEAT Green Electronics Champions Award

The healthcare companies, along with the cities of San Jose and Phoenix and California's Integrated Waste Management Board, were recognized for saving a combined $5 million in energy costs and preventing the release of 4,800 tons of greenhouse gases by using energy-efficient computers.

The awards were given in a ceremony at San Jose City Hall, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Green Electronics Council recognized an elite group of pioneering organizations for using EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, when purchasing desktop computers, laptops and monitors that meet strict environmental standards.

"By requiring EPEAT-registered products, the organizations recognized today are giving manufacturers a market-based reason to build greener products," said Omelchuck, of the Green Electronics Council, the nonprofit organization that manages the EPEAT system. "We are here to recognize that success, and to encourage other purchasers to follow the lead of these EPEAT pioneers in easily and effectively greening their IT procurement."

Together, the five organizations bought more than 91,000 desktops and notebooks and over 72,000 monitors -- all registered with EPEAT. The 4,800 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions that these products prevented are equivalent to taking 3,800 cars off the road, and they saved 61,000 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 5,400 homes.

The EPEAT products, which have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury in addition to being easier to upgrade and recycle, also reduced the use of more than 12,000 pounds of toxic chemicals, and saved 243 million pounds of primary materials -- the equivalent of 856,000 refrigerators, and saved a combined $5.3 million.

In 2006, Kaiser Permanente required EPEAT-registered equipment from its vendors, the first health-care company to do so. Since that time, the company has purchased 60,239 desktops, 66,470 monitors, and 8,775 EPEAT-registered notebook computers. These purchases has resulted in a net reduction in energy use by over 55 million kilowatt-hours, and saved the company a whopping $4,784,598.

McKesson Corporation, a San Francisco-based health services and consulting company, switched to EPEAT-only purchasing in 2007, and has save over 1.3 million kWh of electricity and $112,000 from the purchase of over 11,000 computer systems.

California's Integrated Waste Management Board adopted EPEAT after the state passed SB20, its 2003 e-waste legislation. Since 2005, the organization has pushed vendors to add EPEAT-certified products to their lines in order to fulfill existing contracts, and the state saved over $150,000 through its EPEAT purchases.

Two cities received recognition today from the EPA and the Green Electronics Council. San Jose, Calif., was the first city in the U.S. to specify EPEAT-registered computers and added EPEAT requirements into its computer contract four months before the first products appeared on the EPEAT registry. The city has bought more than 2,000 EPEAT-registered desktop computers and monitors, and as a result, the city reduced energy use by 803,000 kWh and saved almost $75,000. Phoenix, Ariz., has purchased 3,500 computers since July 2006, when EPEAT launched, and has saved 2.7 million kWh of electricity and saved $234,000.

More information about EPEAT is available at EPEAT.net.