Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
The 2016–19 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS):
- sets out the Government of Canada’s sustainable development priorities;
- establishes goals and targets; and
- identifies actions to achieve them, 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, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) through the activities described in this supplementary information table.
2. Sustainable Development in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
IRCC’s DSDS for 2017 to 2020 describes the Department’s actions in support of achieving the low-carbon government goal. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal. Last year’s supplementary information table is posted on the Department’s website. This year, IRCC also notes how each action contributes to supporting the achievement of the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as per the sustainable development goal of a low-carbon government.
3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal
The following table provides performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goal of a low-carbon government.
FSDS target: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve this by 2025.
|FSDS contributing actions||Corresponding departmental actions||Support for United Nations Sustainable Development (UN SDG) Goal target||Starting points, targets and performance indicators for departmental actions||Results achieved|
|Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings/oper-ations||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Modernize our fleet||Develop annual fleet plans in support of efficient fleet management including renewing vehicles or reducing vehicle size as required||UN SDG target 13.2||
Starting point: GHG emissions from fleet in fiscal year (FY) 2005–06 (base year) = 0.094 kt CO2e
Target: 40% reduction by 2030
Performance indicator: Percentage (%) change in GHG emissions from fleet from FY 2005–06 to FY 2018–19
|Optimize fleet size||UN SDG 12||
Starting point: Fuel consumption (litre gas equivalent (LGE)) in base year 2005–06: 39,781 L
Performance indicator: Overall fuel consumption (LGE) relative to base year: 2005–06: 39,781 L
|Reduce carbon intensity through vehicle purchase or replacement with fuel-efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles. Purchasing of electric vehicles will also be considered||UN SDG 12||
Number of hybrid and electric vehicles in inventory:
|Promote behavioural change (e.g., anti-idling messages, fleet manager and driver training)||UN SDG target 13.3||Performance indicator: Number and percentage of fleet managers who receive training on vehicle fleet best practices||
|Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement||Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls. Procure green items (e.g., paper, vehicles, and electrical equipment) through mandatory National Master Standing Offers||UN SDG target 12.7||Performance indicator: Percentage of all new light-duty vehicles purchased with an average rated fuel efficiency of 10 litres per 100 km or less||
|Performance indicator: Percentage of copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelope purchases that contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and are certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production||
|Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles||UN SDG target 13.2||Performance indicator: Number of policies, processes and practices that include FSDS considerations||
|Ensure all procurement officers and decision makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement||UN SDG target 12.7||Performance indicator: Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement||
|Ensure key officials include contribution to and support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance management agreements||UN SDG target 12.7||Performance indicator: Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement in the current fiscal year||
6 out of 6 (100%) managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement
|Demonstrate innovative technologies||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Promote sustainable travel practices||Encourage sustainable travel practices through messages and events (e.g., teleconferencing, videoconferencing, telecommuting, green meetings guide, carpooling and public transportation, bike to work event, commuter challenge, etc.)||UN SDG target 13.3||Performance indicator: Number of messages and events stemming from communications encouraging sustainable travel practices||
|Understand climate change impacts and build resilience||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Additional departmental activities and initiatives||Support for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) target||Starting points, targets and performance indicators||Results achieved|
|Dispose of waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner.||This activity supports UN SDG target 12.5.||Performance indicator: Number of lots of disposed and/or recycled products annually||The following waste was disposed of or recycled through various programs:
National Headquarters only:
|Reduce printing devices to achieve a target of 8 employees to 1 printing device.||This activity supports UN SDG 12.||
Starting point: Ratio of employees to printing devices in FY 2015–16 (base year) = 3.86 employees to 1 printing device (3.86:1)
Target: 8 employees per printing device
Performance indicator: Ratio of employees per printing device in FY 2018–19
|Meet or exceed paper consumption reduction by 20%.||This activity supports UN SDG 12.||
Starting point: Number of sheets per employee in FY 2010–11 (base year) = 5,996 sheets per employee
Target: 20% reduction
Performance indicator: Percentage (%) change in paper consumption from FY 2010–11 to FY 2018–19
|Continue to optimize population density in office buildings.||N/A||Performance indicator: Track adoption of Workplace 2.0 and/or higher density workplace solutions||
4. Report on integrating sustainable development
During the 2018–19 reporting cycle, IRCC considered the environmental effects of 35 proposals subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. Through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process, none of these departmental proposals were found to have significant positive or negative effects on progress toward achieving the 2016–19 FSDS goals and targets. As such, IRCC did not publish a public statement during this period.
The Department holds biweekly meetings to discuss Cabinet and Treasury Board proposals for which SEA requirements and compliance are considered.
Additional information on sustainable development and the SEAs at IRCC can be found on the Department’s website.
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