Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Privy Council Office (PCO) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, PCO 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, PCO 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.

Commitments for PCO

Low-Carbon Government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon
Responsible Minister: All ministers
FSDS target(s) FSDS Contributing Action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Contribution by each departmental action to the FSDS goal and target Starting point(s) where available, and your choice of performance indicators for departmental actions Program(s) in which the departmental actions will occur
Reduce GHG emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve this reduction by 2025 Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and operations PCO occupies office space in both Crown owned and leased assets. PCO endeavours to ensure the space employs technologies and procedures to maximize energy efficiency. PCO actively works with Public Services and Procurement Canada to promote and support ongoing greening of building operations leading to a reduction in GHG emissions. GHG emissions are reported by Public Services and Procurement Canada. Internal Services
  Modernizing the fleet Reduce carbon intensity by replacing executive vehicles at the end of their life-cycle with electric vehicles, hybrids, or more fuel efficient vehicles.

Promote behavior change – e.g. anti-idling campaigns, driver training.

Promoting fleet infrastructure - e.g. charging stations.
Replacing executive vehicles with new electric, hybrid or more fuel efficient vehicles will contribute to GHG reductions.

Drivers of executive vehicles will be advised of anti-idling recommendations to encourage reductions in GHG emissions
As part of life cycle management, PCO executive vehicles will be replaced with efficient options when they reach the end of their life-cycle.

PCO has two (2) charging stations for electric vehicles.
Internal Services
  Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management purchasing decisions, processes and controls.

Ensure decisions-makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement.

Ensure key officials include contribution to and support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance evaluations.
PCO will continue to reduce GHG emissions by incorporating environmental considerations into its purchasing decisions. Environmentally responsible practices are used in contracting for services, from procurement to pay processes. Examples are: electronic solicitation and bidding, scanning technology to issue contracts, and payment by direct deposit. Of all supplier payments, 90% are made via direct deposit.

PCO’s Director of Administration and the Manager of Procurement and Assets will have performance objectives supporting green procurement activities. Target: 100%

Departmental functional specialists in procurement and material management will complete the Green Procurement course.  Target: 100%

The Department will use common-use procurement instruments for IT hardware purchases (desktops, computers, laptops and tablets). Target: 90%

The Department will purchase copy paper, commercial printing, and/or envelopes containing a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production. Target: 90%
Internal Services
  Promote sustainable travel practices Promoting the use of the Department’s video conferencing, teleconference facilities. Actions taken to reduce travel or switch to less GHG intensive modes of transportation will reduce GHG emissions. Ensure travel policies and guidance promote sustainable travel practices Internal Services
  Promote sustainable workplace operations Increase the waste diverted from landfill through the promotion and use of recycling centres and composting programs.

Engage employees in greening government operations practices.

Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings).
  Ensure recycling stations are available in all work spaces and communicate tips and facts to employees to promote sustainable workplace operations. Internal Services

Integrating sustainable development

The Department's most important contribution to sustainable development lies in the development of advice and policies that contribute to the achievement of government-wide sustainable development strategies. In addition, the Department sets an example for other organizations through a commitment to sustainable development in its operations.

The Privy Council Office 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 Privy Council Office’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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