2015-16 Departmental Performance Report

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 CRA supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

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

Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 6: GHG Emissions and Energy

Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction

The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) 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  Performance Level Achieved
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015. Completed March 31, 2015
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005-2006. 403 tonnes
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2015-2016, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable. 227 tonnes
Renewable power emission credits applied in fiscal year 2015-2016 (kt CO2 equivalent). 0
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005-2006 to fiscal year 2015-2016, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable.  -43.7%
Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions.  No

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.

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  Performance Level Achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.  Completed April 1, 2014
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 2015-2016.  44 of 44 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 2015-2016.  8 of 8 (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.

CRA green procurement target (1 of 3)
Performance Indicator  Performance Level Achieved
Number and percentage of vehicles purchased that meet the requirements in the given fiscal year 1 of 1 in-scope vehicle (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 2008-2009 levels.

CRA green procurement target (2 of 3)
Performance Indicator  Performance Level Achieved
GHG emissions (CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2008-2009   11,572 tonnes
Emissions associated with business-related air travel (CO2 equivalent) in the given fiscal year  4,295 tonnes
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2008-2009 to the current fiscal year  -62.9%
Implementation Strategy Element Performance Level Achieved
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.

CRA green procurement target (3 of 3)
Performance Indicator  Performance Level Achieved
Percentage of copy paper, publications, and envelopes purchased that meet the requirements in the given fiscal year  Above 90%
Implementation Strategy Element Performance Level Achieved
Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible  Achieved

Target 7.3: 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 Performance Level Achieved
An approach to improve the sustainability of CRA workplace operations in place by March 31, 2015  Completed April 1, 2014
Implementation Strategy Element  Performance Level Achieved
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
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

Target 7.4: 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  Performance Level Achieved
An approach to further greening of services to clients, taxpayers, and benefit recipients is in place by March 31, 2015 Completed April 1, 2014

Sustainable Development Management System

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

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2015-2016 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. A total of 29 proposals underwent the CRA's SEA Preliminary Scan process and none were found to have any important positive or negative environmental effects. As the CRA did not develop any initiatives that required a full Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.

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