2016-2017 Report on Plans and Priorities

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada's effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the activities in this supplementary information table.

Although the Agency is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy, the Agency adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement .

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

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) procured approximately 1 million dollars in goods and services in the last completed fiscal year (2014-2015). The Agency is focusing its green procurement efforts on its three most commonly acquired goods: office supplies, information technology equipment and leases of multifunction units.

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program: Internal Services

Performance Measurement
Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2016–17. 2
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 2016–17. 2
Departmental green procurement target

Maintain or exceed the use of consolidated green procurement instruments provided by Shared Services Canada and/or Public Services and Procurement Canada for 95% of information technology (IT) hardware equipment purchases made by the Agency.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Total volume of IT hardware acquisitions against volume of green vehicles used -- baseline 95%. 95 %
Departmental green procurement target

Reduce the use of multi-functional devices to decrease energy costs and paper consumption.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Total volume of multi-functional devices (photocopier-printer-scanner) will be reduced – baseline 22 devices. 5 %
Departmental green procurement target

Ensure 95% of functional specialists and acquisition cardholders at the Agency have received green procurement training.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Combined total of functional specialists and acquisition cardholders against total of those who have received green procurement training to date. 95 %

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals (the Cabinet Directive) establishes a self-assessment process for conducting a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of a policy, plan or program proposal. A SEA is required when the proposal is being submitted to a minister or Cabinet for approval and may result in important environmental effects. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is not required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act to prepare a Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy. However, the Agency supports the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by contributing to the cross-cutting narratives that relate to environmental assessment. The Agency also supports the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in promoting the application of the Cabinet Directive and provides training and guidance for federal authorities, including through its Introduction to Strategic Environmental Assessment training course.

The Agency will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through the 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 FSDS goals and targets.

A public statement on the results of the Agency’s detailed assessment will be published when each 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 considered during proposal development and decision making.

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