Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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

The 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS)  presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, 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 Public Service Commission (PSC) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

2. Our Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes the PSC’s actions in support of Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. The report for 2016–17 presents a high‑level overview of results and is the final report under the 2013–16 FSDS. Last year’s report is available on the departmental website.

3. Departmental performance highlights

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, the PSC contributed to the 2013–16 FSDS through eight implementation strategies for Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management.

Table 1
FSDS goal FSDS target FSDS performance indicator FSDS performance results
Goal 7: waste and asset management

Reduce waste generated, and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle.
Target 7.2: green procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place. Yes. The PSC’s approach to implementing green procurement was to target the use of PSPC procurement instruments, the delivery of training to key personnel and the inclusion of green procurement objectives in the employee performance evaluations of key decision makers. The scope of implementation activities (unless otherwise specified) included both the National Capital Region (Headquarters) and the Regions.
Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. Number: 5

Percentage: 100%
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year. Number: 1

Percentage: 100%
Number of centrally procured common office supply items purchased from Public Services and Procurement (PSPC) Standing Offers that include environmental considerations Number: 10
Total number of PSC employees in March 2017 relative to the total number of printing units in use. Average Ratio: 15:1
Percentage of toner cartridges of leased devices returned to vendor for recycling relative to the total number of toner cartridges from leased devices in the year at 22 Eddy. Percentage: 100%
Percentage of centrally procured white bond paper that contains a minimum 30% recycled content and certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production. Percentage: 100%
Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. The PSC reached an “Achieved” status, as defined in the Greening Government Operations implementation guidelines for this target area.

Implementation strategies: performance summary

No changes since last year.


4. Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2016–17 reporting cycle, the PSC 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 PSC did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.

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