DAOD 3015-0, Green Procurement

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2006-12-01

Date of Last Modification: 2020-02-28

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Approval Authority: Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (ADM(Mat))


  • Director General Materiel Systems and Supply Chain (DGMSSC) (for materiel systems and supply chain)
  • Director Materiel Policy and Procedures (DMPP) (for materiel policy and procedures)

2. Definitions

environmental considerations (facteurs environnementaux)

Include, among other things: the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air contaminants; improved energy and water efficiency; reduced waste and support reuse and   recycling; the use of renewable resources; reduced hazardous waste; reduced toxic and hazardous substances; and biodiversity. (Section 5 of the Policy on Green Procurement, Treasury Board)

environmentally preferable goods and services (biens et services à privilégier du point de vue environnemental)

Are those that have a lesser or reduced impact on the environment over the life cycle of the good or service, when compared with competing goods or services serving the same purpose. (Section 5 of the Policy on Green Procurement, Treasury Board)

green procurement (achats écologiques)

The integration of environmental considerations in the materiel acquisition and support process, including requirement identification and definition, planning, procurement, operation and maintenance, disposal of goods and realty infrastructure, and closure activities in respect of acquired services and facilities. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 41499)

3. Policy Direction


3.1 In this DAOD, “sustainable development” refers to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

3.2 Sustainable development must be based on the efficient and environmentally responsible use of all natural, human and economic resources of the society.

3.3 In a military context, this means the present defence activities should occur with minimum environmental outcomes that place restrictions on future needs.

3.4 To achieve sustainable development in the DND and the CAF, the efficient and environmentally responsible use of resources is required. In this context, green procurement is a means of achieving sustainable development.

3.5 For general information related to the federal government policy on green procurement, see section 4 of the Treasury Board Policy on Green Procurement.

3.6 By integrating environmental considerations into DND and CAF materiel acquisition and support (MA&S) activities, the DND and the CAF are able to purchase or acquire environmentally preferable goods and services and realty infrastructure.

3.7 In respect of the use of materiel and its impact on real property, immovables and the natural environment, level one advisors (L1s) are accountable to the Deputy Minister or the Chief of the Defence Staff, as applicable.

Policy Statement

3.8 The DND and the CAF are committed to applying the principles of green procurement by integrating environmental considerations into MA&S policies, decision-making processes and practices in a manner that:

  1. supports the concept of sustainable development;
  2. satisfies legal and policy requirements;
  3. reinforces performance management; and
  4. is relevant to DND and CAF missions.


3.9 The DND and the CAF must apply the principles of green procurement by integrating environmental considerations into DND and CAF MA&S policies, decision-making processes and practices in accordance with:

  • the Policy on Green Procurement; and
  • DAOD 3000-0, Materiel Acquisition and Support.

4. Consequences


4.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.

5. Authorities

Authority Table

5.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with this DAOD:

The …
has or have the authority to …


  • issue green procurement policies, instructions, directives and guidelines.

L1s and all directors general responsible to ADM(Mat)

  • oversee compliance with green procurement policies, instructions and directives in their organizations.

Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment)

  • issue policies, instructions, directives and guidelines for green building and construction services in order to facilitate the implementation of the DAOD 3015 series; and
  • set green procurement targets in accordance with the Departmental Results Report, through a combination of initiatives, including government-wide commodity management process.


  • issue instructions, directives and guidelines, on behalf of ADM(Mat), to facilitate the implementation of the DAOD 3015 series.

project, procurement, materiel and engineering, and maintenance managers dealing with MA&S activities

  • approve spending, up to their delegated threshold, on environmentally preferable goods and services.

6. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References


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