2021–2022 Departmental Plan: 2020 to 2023 Short-form Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Name of department

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Date

December 2020

Context

Although the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the Agency adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Act by complying with 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 2019 to 2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) “Greening Government” goal.

Commitments

The Agency’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2020 to 2023 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving Greening Government. This supplementary information table presents planned results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal.

Integrating sustainable development

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. 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.

Public statements on the results of the Agency’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced on its web page (https://www.canada.ca/en/impact-assessment-agency/programs/strategic-environmental-assessment/public-statements-detailed-strategic-environmental-assessments.html). 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.

FSDS goal: Greening Government

FSDS target

FSDS contributing actions

Corresponding departmental action(s)

Contribution by each departmental action to the FSDS goal and target

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

Link to the department’s Program Inventory

By 2022, departments have developed measures to reduce climate change risks to assets, services and operations

Increase training and support on assessing climate change impacts, undertaking climate change risk assessments and developing adaptation actions to public service employees, and facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned

By 2021, departments will take action to understand the wide range of climate change impacts that could potentially affect federal assets, services and operations across the country

1i. Climate change impacts and adaptation inform investment planning

Factoring climate variability and change into policy, programs, and operations is one of the most important ways the government can adapt to a changing climate and is consistent with the government’s risk management approach of enhancing the protection of public assets and resources and strengthening planning and decision-making

Climate Change Mitigation

1i. Support Agency wide contribution towards net zero emissions (e.g., to support carbon neutral 2050 objective) by promoting reduction of business travel in procurement, through encouragement of use of online facilitation where feasible (baseline starting point 2021-22 – Yes/No)

Assessment Administration, Conduct, and Monitoring;

Indigenous Relations and Engagement;

and,

Internal Services

1ii. Climate change impacts and adaptation inform investment planning

1ii. Percentage reduction in paper consumption and printer peripheral products (e.g. ink). (baseline starting point 2021-22 – 5%)

Actions supporting the Goal: Greening Government

(actions that support the Greening Government Goal but do not directly support a FSDS target)

Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions

Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

2.Incorporate environmental considerations into the development of any common-use

Motivate suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their goods, services and supply chains

Sustainable Procurement

2. Volume of expenditure through Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements (SOSAs) that include environmental criteria (baseline starting point to be determined in 2021-22)

Internal Services

3i. Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

3i. Percentage of Paperless Procurement transactions

The Agency has initiated paperless procurement with online advertising of bid solicitations, online bid submissions, electronic recordkeeping of all procurement transactions and digital signatures for signatories on contracting documents (baseline starting point to be determined in 2021-22)

   

3ii. Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

3ii. Creation of Agency Policy on Green Procurement; to cover topics of reduce, reuse, analysis of life cycle costs in the procurement and end of life disposal for examples of environmental considerations (baseline starting point 2021-22 – Yes/No)

Actions supporting the Goal: Greening Government

(actions that support the Greening Government Goal but do not directly support a FSDS target)

Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees

Ensure decisions makers, material management and specialists in procurement have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement.

4. Ensure functional specialists at the Agency have received green procurement training.

Green procurement incorporates environmental considerations into purchasing decisions and is expected to motivate suppliers to green their goods, services and supply chain

Sustainable Procurement

4. Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement. (baseline starting point 2021-22 – 80%)

Internal services

5.Ensure acquisition card holders to receive green procurement training

5. Total acquisition cardholders who have received green procurement training to date (starting point 2021-22 – 80%)

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