Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

 

Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the results for Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

The Agency’s Policy, Advocacy and Coordination program focused on energy and the environment through its advocacy work, promoting Atlantic Canada’s energy sector – including renewable energy – and facilitating the advancement of the region’s potential through the Atlantic Canada Energy Office. The energy and environment sectors were a focus also for ACOA’s Coordination sub-program through the Atlantic Energy Gateway (AEG) initiative. The AEG was launched to complement existing and planned utility and regional collaborative efforts as well as ongoing commercial activities within the region’s electricity sector. The AEG supports Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality. Through the FSDS, the federal government has committed to “reduce greenhouse gas emission levels and adapt to unavoidable impacts in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.”[1] Strategies to meet this goal include “the development and generation of renewable energy and support [for] energy efficiency.”[2] The work of the AEG supports this strategy and will assist Atlantic Canada in developing a lower‑carbon economy.

Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Scope and Context

Scope of target for acquisition cardholders – All new cardholders will be required to take a recognized training course before receiving a card.

Recognized training course – For acquisition cardholders, this will be achieved by means of an online course offered through the Government of Canada’s training website.

Key consideration – Exclusions may include positions that are vacant.

Performance Measurement

Expected result – Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Yes (June 7, 2015)

A draft departmental approach was prepared by April 1, 2015. Final approval was obtained on June 7, 2015.

Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or materiel management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course or equivalent in fiscal year 2015-16. 6 of 7 designated employees

86%

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement in fiscal year 2015-16. 6 of 7 designated employees

86%

 

Departmental green procurement target:

By March 31, 2017, 95 per cent of copy paper, commercial printing and envelope purchases will contain a minimum of 30 per cent recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value of copy paper, commercial printing and envelope purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all copy paper, commercial printing and envelope purchases in fiscal year 2015-16. $40,014/$46,637

86%

Annual amount spent on copy paper, commercial printing and envelopes. $46,637

Departmental green procurement target:

By March 31, 2017, 90 per cent of purchases of imaging hardware will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value of imaging hardware purchased that meets the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all imaging hardware purchased in fiscal year 2015-16. $1,490/$1,490 100%

All imaging hardware purchases must now be processed through Shared Services Canada. Due to this transition, and given the Agency's commitment to maintaining imaging hardware on a 10‑year life cycle, very few printers were purchased in 2016.

Annual amount spent on imaging hardware. $1,490

 

Departmental green procurement target:

By March 31, 2017, 90 per cent of toner cartridges are recycled at end of life.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Percentage of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total value of all toner cartridges purchased in fiscal year 2015-16. $50,225/$50,225

100%

All toner cartridges are recycled at end of life.

Annual amount spent on toner cartridges

$50,225
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved

As required under ACOA’s internal procurement policy.

Best Practice

7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.

Achieved

All acquisition cardholders must complete the Green Procurement course prior to receiving their cards.

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Performance Measurement

Expected result – Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace is in place by March 31, 2015. Yes (June 7, 2015)

A draft departmental approach was prepared by April 1, 2015. Final approval was obtained on June 7, 2015.

Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e. printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). Achieved
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved

All e-waste has been processed in accordance with ACOA's internal Asset Management Policy and in accordance with the government-wide Directive on Disposal of Surplus Materiel.

7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved

All workplace materiel and assets are being reused or recycled in accordance with ACOA's internal Asset Management Policy and in accordance with the government-wide Directive on Disposal of Surplus Materiel.

Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

In Atlantic Canada, ACOA is also helping to develop more competitive, resource-efficient and sustainable businesses and communities through its funding programs. For example, ACOA assisted Atlantic companies in showcasing their marine renewable-energy industry strengths, expertise, accomplishments and opportunities at the International Conference of Ocean Energy in February 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. ACOA also provided funding to host the 2015 Atlantic Biorefinery Conference in Edmundston, N.B., where Atlantic Canada’s biorefining cluster was showcased and funders and researchers were provided opportunities to share ideas, to partner and to learn about new developments in biorefining. Through the Atlantic Innovation Fund, ACOA is supporting research in biotechnology and power-bridging systems.

Additional information on ACOA’s programming is available on the Agency’s website.

Sustainable Development Management System

ACOA’s Sustainable Development Vision

The FSDS represents a major step forward for the Government of Canada by including environmental sustainability and strategic environmental assessments as integral parts of its decision-making processes. ACOA participates in the FSDS under Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality and under Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

ACOA’s Decision-Making and Sustainable Development Practices

ACOA sets an example in its internal operations by:

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2015-16 reporting cycle, ACOA considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals as part of its decision-making processes. As the Agency did not develop any initiatives that required a strategic environmental assessment, no related public statements were produced.

 

[1] Environment and Climate Change Canada, Planning for a Sustainable Future: A Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada 2013-2016, November 2013.

[2] Ibid.

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