Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes Shared Services Canada’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.

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, Shared Services Canada contributed to the 2013-16 FSDS through five implementation strategies for Goal 7: waste and asset management.

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
  • Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible
  • Train procurement officers on green procurement
  • Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among procurement managers
  • Implement a system to integrate procurement and payment systems to increase effective asset management throughout its life cycle.
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.
  • Consolidated contracts, which generated efficiencies in the supply chain and service delivery
  • Integrated environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process
  • Promoted Canada School of Public Service course C215 – Green Procurement, primarily to functional specialists in procurement and/or materiel management. In 2016-2017, 8 (6%) officers completed the course, bringing the total number of trained officers to 90 (69%)
  • Continued to engage partner departments, including Public Services and Procurement Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, to develop baseline Departmental Green Procurement targets and performance indicators (e.g. temperature ratings, power availability, usage effectiveness and efficiency, energy consumption, toxic and hazardous chemical/substance content, equipment packaging, heavy metals, production processes (water consumption), solid waste, etc.)
  • Implemented an Electronic Procurement system to enable integrated procurement and payment operations, and facilitate category management

Implementation strategies: performance summary

  • Shared Services Canada’s (SSC) commitment to environmental standards was recognized with a 2016 Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Purchaser Award, in recognition of environmental leadership, demonstrated by the green procurement of electronics in 2015.
  • SSC is the sole Government of Canada recipient of the EPEAT award. Environmental stewardship policies have become a mainstay of SSC’s green procurement strategy.
  • Assessment criteria for procurement of green electronics within government include environmental performance considerations and potential impacts and costs associated over the life cycle of goods, including use and disposal. Other environmental factors that may be reviewed are the manufacturing process; reduction of hazardous materials; energy consumption; performance and quality; as well as design for re-use, recycling and packaging.

4. Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment

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

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