2019–2020 Departmental Plan: Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

April 2019

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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

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 Agency supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the “FSDS goal: low-carbon government” table in section 2.

2. Commitments for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Agency’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving Low-Carbon Government. 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.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government

FSDS target

FSDS contributing action

Corresponding departmental action(s)

Support for UNSustainable Development Goal target

Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions

Link to the department’s Program Inventory

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

  • Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls
  • Ensure that decision makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement
  • Ensure that key officials include contributions to, and support for, the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance evaluations
  • Departmental targets to reduce the environmental impact of specific goods or services:
    • 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.
    • Reduce the use of multi-functional devices to decrease energy costs and paper consumption.
    • Ensure 95% of functional specialists and acquisition cardholders at the Agency have received green procurement training.


  • Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement (starting point, as of 2016-17, 7, 100%).
  • Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement in the current fiscal year (starting point, as of 2016-17, 0, 0%).
  • Departmental indicators:
    • Total volume of IT hardware acquisitions against volume of green vehicles used -- baseline 95% (starting point, as of 2016-17, 100%).
    • Total volume of multi-functional devices (photocopier-printer-scanner) will be reduced – baseline 22 (starting point, as of 2016-17, 0%).
    • Combined total of functional specialists and acquisition cardholders against total of those who have received green procurement training to date (starting point, as of 2016-17, 32,100%).

Internal services

3. Integrating sustainable development

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Agency will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An 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.

Public statements on the results of the Agency’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced (see here). 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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