2019–20 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
Although the Public Service Commission (PSC) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the PSC 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 PSC 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 Public Service Commission
|FSDS target||FSDS contributing action||Corresponding departmental action(s)||Support for UN Sustainable 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 (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.||
Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
Starting points (baseline): Not applicable
Targets (by March 31, 2020):
3. Integrating sustainable development
The PSC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process, if applicable. 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.
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