Government leadership is critical to achieving Canada’s goals for environmental and sustainable development. The Government of Canada will play its part by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its federal operations by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050.
To provide this leadership and meet its internal environmental commitments, the Centre for Greening Government was created at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in .
The Centre tracks and reports on the federal government’s emissions centrally, coordinates greening efforts across government, and drives results to ensure the Government of Canada meets its greenhouse gas reduction targets. The Centre aims to leverage knowledge, skills and capabilities that can be shared throughout the Government of Canada and among various communities of practice through partnerships with government and non-government organizations, including business and academia.
We have a good picture of the government’s GHG emissions from the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year to the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year. We have already reduced GHG emissions from federal operations by 28% from 2005 levels.
Introduced in 2017, the Greening Government Strategy sets an ambitious target to reduce GHG emissions from federal operations by 80% by 2050 relative to 2005 levels, consistent with world-leading jurisdictions. Our strategy outlines specific measures to achieve this target, and also outlines a broader scope for our greening efforts – including actions on water and waste.
Plastic waste is a growing problem in this country and around the world. The Government of Canada is taking practical steps to better manage the use and disposal of plastics in its own operations. The steps to reduce plastic waste include commitments to:
- set explicit targets for diverting plastic waste
- eliminate the unnecessary use of single-use plastics in government operations
- leverage procurement practices to focus on sustainable plastic products.
The Strategy and the Centre’s work are rooted in the following Government of Canada commitments:
- the Paris COP 21 Conference (Paris Agreement)
- the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF)
- the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS): the Centre for Greening Government works in close partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the lead department for the overall strategy, to further the goals of the FSDS. The Centre is the lead for Goal 2 of the FSDS: low-carbon government
- the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In setting ambitious targets to reduce GHG emissions from their operations, and in deploying efforts to meet them, governments can help move markets and create demand for clean technologies. Key to this are collaborative efforts to gather and share information. The Centre participates in initiatives to further the discussion, for example:
What we are doing
- Government of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and progress
- Backgrounder: Government of Canada greenhouse gas emissions inventory
- Canada-France Climate and Environment Partnership includes greening government commitments
- Government of Canada committed to improving building efficiency in National Capital Region
- Reducing the carbon footprint of federal properties in the National Capital Region: Government of Canada launches request for proposal for roadmap to lower carbon emissions
Greening efforts and strategies
News and events
Centre for Greening Government
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0R5
Email: Public Enquiries
Teletypewriter (TTY): 613-369-9371
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: