Report on Plans and Priorities 2016-17 - Greening Government Operations Supplementary Table

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

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.

Scope and Context

In 2014, the PSC procured over $5 million in goods and services, in multiple commodity categories. Although greening of our procurement can be integrated throughout our activities, the PSC is focusing on three prospective areas for greening its procurement: office supplies purchases, office imaging and paper purchases.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result: Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance Indicator Performance Target
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Yes [April 1, 2014]Footnote 1
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2016-17. 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 fiscal year 2016-17. Number: 1
Percentage: 100%

Departmental Green Procurement Target 1: By March 31, 2017, the PSC will review the procurement process of office supplies centrally provided in Headquarters and restrict commonly purchased items to standing offer products that include environmental considerations.

This target includes all office supplies centrally procured by the Administration Division.

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Number of items that meet the target. Number of items: 10

Departmental Green Procurement Target 2: By March 31, 2017, the PSC will achieve at least a 15:1 average ratio of office employees to printing units. Additionally, all toner cartridges of leased multifunction devices at 22 Eddy will be returned to the vendor for recycling. This will reduce equipment purchases and consequently, reduce the disposal of e-waste at the end of life.

Printing units include the following:

  • Leased multifunction devices
  • Purchased printers
  • Purchased photocopiers
  • Purchased multifunction devices
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Total number of PSC employees in March 2017 relative to the total number of printing units in use. Average Ratio: 15:1
Number 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%

Departmental Green Procurement Target 3: By March 31, 2017, the purchase of copy paper for the PSC’s Headquarters will be centralized and 90% of purchases will contain a minimum 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production. This will reduce the quantity of deliveries and subsequently reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The target criterion is limited to the purchase of white bond paper of the following sizes:

  • 8 ½ X 11
  • 8 ½ X 14
  • 11 X 17
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Cost of paper purchases that meet the target criterion relative to total cost of paper purchases for the given year. Percentage: 90%
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. The PSC is seeking to reach an “Achieved” status, as defined in the Greening Government Operations implementation guidelines for this target area.


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