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"Green" Comparisons for Functionally Equivalent Products in Federal Supply Catalogs

George R. Thompson, Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc., Lake Hopatcong, NJ and Raymond Paulson, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest North Island, San Diego, CA.

Federal agencies must preferentially purchase environmentally preferable, or “green,” products, as required by Executive Order (EO) 13423. This EO requires federal agencies to acquire goods and services that include consideration of environmentally preferable products, renewable materials (bio-based and recycled containing), energy and water efficiency. GSA and DLA have included only minimal, chemical-specific criteria in their definitions of “green” chemical products for them to be so listed in their catalogs. EPA has named 33 end point criteria for environmentally preferable products). The U. S. Navy utilized the Web-based “Green” Product Compliance Analytical System (GP–CAS), from Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc. (CCS), that incorporates 43 ecological, health, and safety endpoint criteria, including the EPA 33 end point criteria for environmentally preferable products, to compare the “greenness” of individual chemical products listed within five separate National Stock Numbers (NSNs). (Each NSN includes functionally equivalent products available from various manufacturers.) These five NSNs each contained 3-10 different chemical products and encompassed a spectrum of product functions–a total of 35 products were evaluated. All output reports for the 35 products were printed in less than 15 minutes. Within the five NSNs analyzed, only one (spray lacquer) was both functionally equivalent and equally “green.” The other four NSNs showed “green” ranges of 11-24% and diverse regulatory impacts. We also identified a consistent inverse proportionality for “green” Grades and “MSDS Total %” of constituents identified.

This analysis demonstrates that GP–CAS readily differentiates “green” disparities within functionally equivalent NSNs and additionally identifies both unique regulatory, and total regulatory, impacts. GP–CAS also tallies the number of MSDS constituents and their “Total %” of the product. Together, these factors provide the user with a broad spectrum of in-depth information to facilitate product acquisition decisions and hazard assessments for federal facility executive order and regulatory compliance.