Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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

The 2016–19 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS):

  • Sets out the Government of Canada’s sustainable development priorities
  • Establishes goals and targets
  • Identifies actions to achieve them, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act

In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Privy Council Office (PCO) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, or equivalent document, through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Sustainable Development in the Privy Council Office

PCO’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to these goals. Last year’s report is available on the departmental website:

3. Departmental Performance by FSDS goal

Theme II: Low Carbon Government

The following table provides performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Support for UN Sustainable Development Goal target* Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions Results achieved†
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. Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings/ 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. 12.2 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.
Modernize our 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.

Promote fleet infrastructure - e.g. charging stations.
12.2 Replacing executive vehicles with new electric, hybrid or more fuel efficient vehicles will contribute to GHG reductions. No executive vehicles were replaced in 2017-18.
Drivers of executive vehicles will be advised of anti-idling recommendations to encourage reductions in GHG emissions. Charging stations were installed to support the use of electric vehicles.
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.
12.7 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. Environmentally responsible practices are consistently used to transfer and receive documents electronically. More than 90% of supplier payments 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% 100% achieved.
Departmental functional specialists in procurement and material management will complete the Green Procurement course.  Target: 100% 100% achieved. All procurement specialists have completed green procurement training.
The Department will procure environmentally preferable Audio-Visual equipment. Target: 90% 92% achieved. Of $274,049.19 spent on audio visual equipment, $252,408.78 was environmentally preferable.
The Department will procure environmentally preferable Imaging equipment. Target: 90% 93% achieved. Of $204,530.98 spent on imaging equipment, $190,632.13 was environmentally preferable.
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% 100 % achieved. $51,635.24 spent on paper and envelopes contained a minimum 30% recycled content or met a recognized environmental standard.
Demonstrate innovative technologies.‡ Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Promote sustainable travel practices.‡ Promote the use of the Department’s video conferencing and teleconference facilities. Not applicable Ensure travel policies and guidance promote sustainable travel practices. Video and teleconferencing are encouraged as an alternative to travel.
Guidance to employees promotes sustainable travel practices.
Understand climate change impacts and build resilience.‡ Promote sustainable workplace operations. Not applicable Ensure recycling stations are available in all workspaces and communicate tips and facts to employees to promote sustainable workplace operations. Recycling stations are available in all workspaces and sustainable work operations are promoted.
Improve transparency and accountability.§ Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Develop policy for low-carbon government.§ Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
* This new element shows how departments are contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.
† This column is new.
‡ This contributing action does not apply to small and micro departments. These departments should insert “Not applicable” in columns three to six.
§ This contributing action applies only to The Centre for Greening Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). All other departments should insert “Not applicable” in columns three to six.

4. Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2017–18 reporting cycle, the Privy Council Office considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As the Privy Council Office did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.

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