Canada Revenue Agency Departmental Performance Report 2014-15

CRA Sustainable Development Strategy

Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-16 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 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) supports FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This CRA Sustainable Development Strategy presents the results for Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

CRA target

By 2020, the CRA will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its fleets by at least 17% relative to 2005-06 levels.

Performance measurement
Expected result: Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Updated greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015 Completed March 31, 2015
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005-06  403 tonnes
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2014-15, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable  261 tonnes
Renewable power emission credits applied in fiscal year 2014-15 (kt CO2 equivalent)  0
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005-06 to fiscal year 2014-15, including renewable power emission credits, if applicable  -35.2%
Adjustments made to base-year GHG emissions  No

Waste and Asset Management

Green procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

CRA target

As of April 1, 2014, the CRA will continue to embed environmental considerations into Crown procurement.

Performance measurement
Expected result: Environmentally responsible acquisition, use, and disposal of goods and services
Performance Indicator  Targeted Performance Level
Departmental approach to further implement the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014 Completed April 1, 2014
Number and percentage of procurement and materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent in fiscal year 2014-15 47 of 47 specialists
(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 2014-15 7 of 7 managers and functional heads of procurement
(100%)
CRA green procurement target (1 of 3)

By March 31, 2017, 90% of vehicles purchased are the right size for operational needs and are the most fuel-efficient vehicle in their class available at the time of purchase.

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Number and percentage of vehicles purchased that meet the requirements in the given fiscal year  7 of 7 in-scope vehicles
(100%)
CRA green procurement target (2 of 3)

By 2021, the CRA will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business-related air travel by at least 25% relative to 2008-09 levels.

Performance Indicator  Targeted Performance Level
GHG emissions (CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2008-09 11,572 tonnes
Emissions associated with business-related air travel (CO2 equivalent) in the given fiscal year Results unavailable for 2014-15 due to an issue with the external report provider
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2008-09 to the current fiscal year Results unavailable
Implementation Strategy Element Targeted Performance Level
Improve sustainable business travel  Achieved
CRA green procurement target (3 of 3)

By March 31, 2017, 90% of copy paper, publications, and envelopes purchased will contain at least 30% recycled content paper that is certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Percentage of copy paper, publications, and envelopes purchased that meet the requirements in the given fiscal year  Above 90%
Implementation Strategy Element Targeted Performance Level
Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible  Achieved

Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

CRA target

As of April 1, 2014, the CRA will continue to update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Performance measurement
Expected result: CRA workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
An approach to improve the sustainability of CRA workplace operations in place by March 31, 2015  Completed April 1, 2014
Implementation Strategy Element Targeted Performance Level
Engage employees in greening government operations Achieved
Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes, and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles Achieved
Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings) Achieved
Minimize the ratio of information technology assets per employee Achieved
Select and operate IT and office equipment to reduce energy consumption and material usage Achieved
Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner Achieved Achieved
Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner Achieved
Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated and use service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste Achieved
Increase the population density in office buildings and the use of space in special purpose buildings  Achieved

Greening Services to Clients

By March 31, 2015, departments will establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound) targets to reduce the environmental impact of their services to clients.

CRA target

As of April 1, 2014, the CRA will continue to take action to develop and enhance e-service options to reduce the environmental impacts of its services to clients, taxpayers, and benefit recipients.

Performance measurement
Expected result: CRA services to clients, taxpayers, and benefit recipients have a reduced environmental impact
Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
An approach to further greening of services to clients, taxpayers, and benefit recipients is in place by March 31, 2015 Completed April 1, 2014

Additional CRA Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

Reducing CRA's footprint

The CRA continued to optimise its office accommodations—one of the Agency's larger expenditures—through the implementation of Workplace 2.0 and other space saving initiatives while meeting employee needs. During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the CRA reduced its occupied space by 5.4% (or nearly 50,000 m2) of the total space occupied by the Agency.

Sustainable Development Management System

The CRA monitors and manages progress on its sustainable development strategy by implementing the activities in its sustainable development national action plan. The heads of planning in each branch report semi-annually on the implementation of their SD activities, and the SD Centre of Expertise produces a summary progress report for all of the CRA's SD activities at the end of each fiscal year. The SD activities are comparable to FSDS implementation strategies. Implementing the CRA's SD activities leads to achieving its SD targets and represents its contribution to the related FSDS targets.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014-15 reporting cycle, the CRA 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 CRA did not develop any initiatives that needed a strategic environmental assessment, it did not produce any related public statements.

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