Pollution prevention federal action strategy

Federal plan at a glance: goals and actions aimed at achieving results

Within the federal government: institutionalize pollution prevention across all federal government activities.

  • Incorporate pollution prevention into federal legislation
  • Establish and implement green policies
  • Establish a Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to advance pollution prevention in the federal government
  • Integrate pollution prevention into departmental policies and programs

With other governments: foster a national pollution prevention effort.

  • Review legislation, regulations and policy for opportunities to harmonize approaches to pollution prevention
  • Develop practical tools, such as guidelines and codes of practice, to enable people to implement pollution prevention at an operational level
  • Educate the public about pollution prevention and train relevant groups in the technical aspects of pollution prevention

With the private sector: achieve a climate in which pollution prevention becomes a major consideration in industrial activities.

  • Develop innovative pollution prevention programs
  • Promote pollution prevention through refocused research, development and demonstration initiatives
  • Promote the adoption of sustainable production in industrial and manufacturing processes
  • Implement economic instruments that will result in pollution prevention
  • Help small and medium-sized enterprises improve their environmental performance

With all Canadians: provide access to the information and tools necessary to implement pollution prevention practices.

  • Provide information that illustrates how pollution prevention fits into daily activities
  • Create a national pollution prevention clearinghouse
  • Encourage consumers to use their purchasing power to promote pollution prevention

With the international community: participate in international pollution prevention initiatives

  • Stimulate a shift to pollution prevention in international organizations
  • Incorporate pollution prevention into international standards
  • Advance pollution prevention through international protocols and agreements
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