(1) Negotiate with existing/potential suppliers on the value-adding elements such as shipping and handling, installation, and disposal of end-of-life supplies.
(2) Establish in the contract the various supplier performance measures which would be tracked.
(3) When building the RFQ: the criteria for qualified products must deliver the features and performance stated in ENERGY STAR guidelines, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
(4) In contract make it a priority to seek out office equipment with ENERGY STAR labeling.
In contract, request suppliers to apply for ENERGY STAR certification, or ensure that they follow guidelines as mentioned in the production process of the products. This gives them the opportunity to have more leverage with other clients and provide you discounts for the initiative.