Acquisition and Electronics Stewardship

These laws and requirements are related to acquisition and electronics stewardship.

Product Purchasing
Title  Legal Authority  Originating Legislation  Summary 

Acquire, use, and dispose of products and services, including electronics, in accordance with statutory mandates for purchasing preference, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements, and other applicable Federal procurement policies.


Definitions under 42 U.S.C. § 8259b(b) says that an "ENERGY STAR product" is rated for energy efficiency under an ENERGY STAR program. A "designated product" is designated under the Federal Energy Management Program as being among the highest 25% of equivalent products for energy efficiency. The term "product" does not include any energy consuming product or system designed or procured for combat or combat-related missions.

ENERGY STAR and FEMP-Designated Products Procurement Requirements

ENERGY STAR and FEMP-Designated Products Procurement Requirements under 42 U.S.C. § 8259b(b) says that Federal agencies are required to incorporate energy-efficiency criteria consistent with ENERGY STAR and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated products for all procurements involving energy-consuming products and services. Agencies are exempt from procuring ENERGY STAR products or FEMP-designated products if:

  • An ENERGY STAR product or FEMP-designated product is not cost-effective over the life of the product, taking energy cost savings into account
  • No ENERGY STAR product or FEMP-designated product is reasonably available that meets the functional requirements of the agency.
Electric Motors and Air-Conditioning Maintenance

Electric Motors and Air-Conditioning Maintenance under 42 U.S.C. § 8259b(d) says that in the case of electric motors of 1 to 500 horsepower, agencies are to select only premium efficient motors that meet a standard designated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Agencies are also encouraged to take actions to maximize the efficiency of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

Electronics Stewardship

Agencies are instructed to manage electronics to reduce energy and environmental impacts in accordance with E.O. 13834 goals for Energy Reduction (Section 2(a)), Waste Management (Section 2(f)), and Acquisition (Section 2(g)).

Federal Purchasing Requirement

Federal Purchasing Requirement under 42 U.S.C. § 8259b(e)(2)-(4) says that agencies are to buy products with low standby power of not more than 1 watt if the lower-wattage product is life cycle cost effective and if the performance of the product is not compromised.

Procurement of Alternative or Synthetic Fuels

Procurement of Alternative or Synthetic Fuels under 42 U.S.C. § 17142 says that agencies are not to enter into procurement contracts for an alternative or synthetic fuel (other than for research or testing) unless the contract specifies that the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and combustion of the fuel is less than or equal to emissions from an equivalent conventional fuel.