Responsible Purchasing Network

Computers: Handy Facts

  • Institutions are one of the largest consumers of computers, spending billions of dollars on electronic equipment each year.
  • A purchasing cooperative of 15 western states, purchased $3.9 billion in computer equipment from 1999 to 2004.
  • More than $50 billion in US Federal Government agency contracts currently cite the EPEAT standard. (EPEAT 2006b )
  • The International Association of Electronics Recyclers projects that 1 billion computers will be scrapped worldwide by 2010, at a rate of 100 million units per year. (PSI, 2006).
  • Computers and other office electronics consume 74 billion kWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 7 million households (PSI, 2003).
  • As of November 2009, 1,475 EPEAT registered products exist (EPEAT, 2009).
  • As of November 9, 2009, 968 different desktops, integrated desktops, laptops, workstations small scale servers and thin clients have attained compliance with the new ENERGY STAR 5.0 standard (ES 2009).
  • The city of San Jose, California was the first city to include EPEAT in their requirements for computer procurement.
  • The city of San Francisco, California was the first city to require purchases of all EPEAT Gold IT products.

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