Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Energy Saving Optional for Science Department Computers

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has issued a Request for Tender for "Supply and maintenance of IT equipment". This includes environmental standards in the evaluation criteria, but unlike the DEWHA RFT, does not make meeting energy saving standards mandatory:
Evaluation Criteria ...

3. Environmental Standards – including the devices' energy saving options; heat management features; level of compliance with relevant environmental legislation, Energy Star standard and Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760:2003. ...

3.1 The Australian Government is concerned about the environment and is committed to increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste, and reducing the impact packaging materials have on the environment. ...

4. Environmental Standards

4.1 Tenderers are to specify the extent to which their products comply with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and other associated environmental legislation in the manufacture, distribution and disposal of their products. Information can be found at www.deh.gov.au/about/legislation.html

4.2 Tenderers are to specify the extent to which their products comply with the Australian Environmental Labelling Association, Australian Voluntary Environmental Labelling Standard AELA 24-2005. Information can be found at www.aela.org.au

4.3 Tenderers are to specify the extent to which their products comply with the Energy Star standard where available and fit for purpose. This is part of the National Greenhouse strategy. Information can be found at: www.energystar.gov.au

4.4 Tenderers are to detail the heat output and power consumption for the desktop PCs and Laptop configurations. Please provide information on how these claims are independently verified.
4.5 All equipment supplied must be tested and tagged to comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760:2003. Please acknowledge your compliance.

4.6 Please outline any other environmental features of your product. ...

From: Supply and maintenance of IT Equipment (Desktop PCs and Laptops) 2008 – 2009, Request for Tender, Release version 1.0, DIITSR, August 2008

Category 43210000 - Computer Equipment and Accessories...


The Department is seeking to purchase approximately 2400 desktops PCs and 400 laptops to replace its current fleet within 6 months after signing of the contract.

The new equipment must be sufficiently reliable, secure and cost-effective to meet current demands and provide a platform for future growth. In particular, the equipment should meet requirements for: reliability and performance; compatibility with Vista Business operating system; and system security.

Maintenance services should ensure that: Desktop PCs and laptops are repaired promptly; and equipment failures are recorded.

Tenders may be submitted for Desktop PCs only, Laptops only, or both Desktop PCs and laptops.

The Department currently provides support for the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism (DRET). The DRET requirements are included in the scope of this approach to market. ...

From: Supply and maintenance of IT equipment, ATM ID ebus-desktop-11Aug08, Agency Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, 11-Aug-2008

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