Greater Wellington pushes environment in PC buy

The Greater Wellington Regional Council has prominently highlighted environmental policies in the selection of a supplier to replace parts of its desktop PC and laptop fleets.

The council is asking for around 360 desktops and 50 laptops equipped initially with Windows XP Professional, but also with a licence for Vista Business. But alongside the technical requirements come a host of environmental ones.

Suppliers have to demonstrate: how they minimize resource use and toxic chemicals in their products; the gear's power requirements in operation and standby; and disposal procedures for packaging and surplus equipment.

The council adds that it "will not enter into a contract for the supply of goods or services with a supplier if [it] is aware that the supplier has been convicted for committing an environmental offense in the proceeding 12 months".

Bidders are referred to the Ministry of Economic Development's guidelines for environmentally responsible practice.

The tender will replace existing equipment that is between 4 and 5 years old.

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