Green procurement is about procuring goods and services with a reduced environmental impact. Environmental performance is considered along with other priorities such as price, availability, quality and performance. Green procurement benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the use of hazardous and toxic substances, and pollution, including plastic waste. It also supports the Canadian economy by creating new markets for innovative products and services.
The Government of Canada strives to buy environmentally preferable goods and services. We consider the environmental performance over its entire life cycle when deciding whether or not to buy a particular good or service.
The Policy on Green Procurement, introduced in 2006 and updated in 2018, aims to integrate environmental considerations into procurement activities–including planning and buying, use and maintenance, and disposal to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value. The Centre for Greening Government supports federal institutions in implementing the policy. Green procurement is also integrated in goal 2 of the FSDS: low-carbon government and the Greening Government Strategy.
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