2015–16 Report on Plans and Priorities - Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 guides 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 Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the planned contributions and expected results for Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies
Goal 6: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Energy
Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction
The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.
Departmental Target
17% below 2005 by 2020
Performance Measurement
Expected result
Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.
Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015. Yes [March 31, 2015]
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005–06. 1.44 kt
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2015−16. 1.20 kt [ESDC aims to maintain or exceed this figure]
Renewable power emission credits applied in current fiscal year (kt CO2 equivalent). 0 kt
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005–06 to fiscal year 2015−16, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable. 17% decrease [ESDC aims to maintain or exceed this figure]
Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions [indicate if not applicable]. Not applicable
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.
Performance Measurement
Expected result
Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Yes [April 1, 2014]
7.2.1.2 Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. 18 procurement specialists

31 materiel management specialists

Targeted %:

50 % by March 31, 2015

70% by March 31, 2016

90% by March 31, 2017
7.2.1.3 Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year. 22 managers and functional heads

Targeted %:

70% by March 31, 2015

90% by March 31, 2016

100 % by March 31, 2017
7.2.1.4 Departmental green procurement target
[Departments must report on three departmental green procurement targets. For guidance on completing this subsection, departments should consult the Greening Government Operations Guideline and the Guidelines for Reporting in the Greening Government Operations Supplementary Table .]
By March 31, 2017, 70% of new contracts for logistics services will include measures to improve environmental performance
Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Percentage of new contracts for logistic services (by volume) that include measures to improve environmental performance (as a percentage of all new contracts for logistic services) 40% of new contracts for logistics services, Fiscal Year 2014–15

60% of new contracts for logistics services, Fiscal Year 2015–16

70% of new contracts for logistics services, Fiscal Year 2016–17
Departmental green procurement target
The average rated fuel efficiency of new light-duty vehicles purchased by ESDC between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2017 will be 10 litres per 100 km or less
Performance indicator Targeted performance level
The average rated fuel efficiency of new light-duty vehicles purchased by ESDC between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2017 10 litres per 100 km (or less), between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2017 (three Fiscal Years; therefore, any single Fiscal Year within that timeframe may be slightly lower or slightly higher)
Departmental green procurement target
Departmental Green Procurement Target: By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges are recycled at end of life.
Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Develop contract requirements with all vendors to ensure that 90% toner cartridges are recycled at end of life by March 31, 2017 70% of new contracts for Fiscal Year 2014–15

80% of new contracts for Fiscal Year 2015–16

90% of new contracts for Fiscal Year 2016–17
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
Best Practice

7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Seeking to reach “Exceeded” status under 7.2.1.2 through mandatory training for all new cardholders (100%) and any existing cardholders who request an increase in card limits
Best Practice

7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
Seeking to reach “Exceeded” status under 7.2.1.2 through online training for managers
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
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 Targeted performance level
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace in place by March 31, 2015. Yes (March 31, 2015)
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
[Report only on implementation strategies that apply, and delete the rows that do not apply.]
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
7.3.1.4. Minimize the ratio of information technology (IT) assets per employee. Seeking to reach “Exceeded” status
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
7.3.1.8. Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated and leverage service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste. ESDC will perform an analysis to identify performance indicators that will be used for measuring the performance level of this new target
7.3.1.9. Increase the population density in office buildings and space utilization in special purpose buildings. Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
7.3.1.10. Maintain or improve sustainable fleet management. Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
Target 7.4 [optional] : Greening Services to Clients – N/A
By March 31, 2015, departments will establish SMART targets to reduce the environmental impact of their services to clients.
Performance Measurement: N/A
Expected result: N/A
Departmental services to clients have a reduced environmental impact.
Performance indicator Targeted performance level

7.4.1 ESDC will implement electronic tools, including Online Services and Direct Deposit Services to reduce the paper burden of their client services.

-Online services: Percentage of applications and transactions performed through online services

-Direct Deposit: Percentage of payments and transactions performed through direct deposit)

Seeking to reach “Achieved” status
5. Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

In an effort to reduce the volume of printing and encourage Canadians to go online to get the information they need, ESDC and Service Canada launched the Smart Publishing initiative in 2010. Massive printing of numerous publications was reviewed with regard to audience needs and targets for reduction or elimination were identified.

In 2010–11, Service Canada’s overall printing cost was $725,805. An extensive review with all interested parties of over 100 publications on key foundational programs allowed streamlining of the content and reduction of the number of publications printed in the following years. As such, in 2011–12 , 26 publications were printed for a total cost of $432,703; in 2012–13, 14 publications were printed for a total cost of $369,852, in 2013–14, 8 publications were printed for a total cost of $103,000; and in 2014–15, 4 publications were printed for a total cost of $40,763. Throughout the process, Service Canada regularly monitored the situation to ensure that reducing printing did not affect service delivery and that Canadians who needed printed publications still had access to them.

6. Sustainable Development Management System
In support of our modernization agenda at ESDC, our vision is to ensure that effective environmental sustainability is integrated in our daily operations and when providing services to Canadians in order to reduce the Department's ecological footprint.
7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

Through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), ESDC ensures that its decision-making processes consider important environmental impacts including any impacts on the goals and targets of the FSDS. A SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the proposal on the environment, including on the FSDS goals and targets. The first step of the SEA process, called the preliminary scan, serves to identify the potential for important environmental effects, either positive or negative. If the preliminary scan reveals the potential for important environmental effects then a detailed analysis is undertaken. ESDC ensures that all proposals developed for the Minister or Cabinet undergoes the preliminary scan to ensure that a detailed analysis is undertaken when appropriate.

ESDC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. A SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on the FSDS goals and targets. The results of ESDC's detailed assessment are made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making processes.

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