2018-2019 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

April 2018

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Military Grievances External Review Committee (Committee) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the Committee adheres to the principles of the 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 Committee 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, below.

2. Commitments for the Military Grievances External Review Committee

FSDS goal: low-carbon government

FSDS target FSDS Contributing Actions Corresponding departmental actions Performance indicators for departmental actions Programs where the departmental actions will occur
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) 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.
  • Ensure specialists in procurement and materiel management have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement
  • Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement
Independent review of military grievances

Internal Services
Promote sustainable travel practices
  • Engage employees in greening practices by offering the opportunity to remotely attend meetings and/or work
  • Promote teleconferencing, telecommuting and use of electronic tools to reduce the requirement for employee travel
  • Number of employees who have access to work and/or attend meetings remotely
Independent review of military grievances

Internal Services

3. Integrating sustainable development

The Military Grievances External Review Committee 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 Military Grievances External Review Committee’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA 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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